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Report: Eric Hosmer still asking for more than seven years on his next contract


Pitchers and catchers report in just a couple of weeks and first baseman Eric Hosmer is one of the many free agents still unsigned. According to Jon Morosi, his “camp” is still pushing for a contract of more than seven years.

Reports from earlier this month indicated that he had two seven-year offers on the table from the Padres and Royals. The Royals’ offer was believed to be for $147 million and the Padres’ for less than $140 million. The Royals recently traded Brandon Moss and now have an opening at first base, leading many to believe the trade was a precursor to a reunion between the two sides.

Hosmer, 28, hit .318/.385/.498 with 25 home runs, 94 RBI, and 98 runs scored in 671 plate appearances last season. He won his fourth Gold Glove and his first Silver Slugger in what was a career year.

It seems like there’s currently a power imbalance between the players and ownership, so it wouldn’t be shocking if Hosmer lowered his demands in order to get in a uniform in time for spring training.

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.