Bob Nightengale, who yesterday reported that the San Diego Padres have made a seven-year contract offer to free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, today reports that Hosmer’s old team, the Royals, have made him an offer too. It’s also seven years and it’s for $147 million.
Nightengale says that the Royals offer is for $1 million more per year than the Padres offer, which Nightengale now says is worth $140 million. The specifics — including any opt-outs or bonuses or the overall structure of the deals — are not known. Such things can, of course, make two deals which are close in overall value like these quite different in overall value.
That aside, given that the Royals seem to have topped the Padres offer by around $1 million, one gets the sense that Hosmer got the Padres offer in hand and shopped it to the Royals to see if they’d beat it. Nightengale says Hosmer wants an eight or nine year deal, but it seems unlikely that any team would do that sort of thing, even for a guy like Hosmer who is not yet 30.
Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer is out for the year after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced Saturday. The projected recovery timetable spans anywhere from 8-12 months, which puts Zimmer’s return in the second half of the 2019 season, assuming that all goes well.
Zimmer, 25, had not made an appearance for the Indians since June 3. He racked up a cumulative nine weeks on the major- and minor-league disabled lists this season and will have finished his year with a .226/.281/.330 batting line, seven extra-base hits, and four stolen bases in 114 plate appearances.
The outfielder reportedly sustained his season-ending injury during a workout in Triple-A Columbus, where Cleveland.com’s Joe Noga says Zimmer began feeling discomfort in his shoulder after completing a set of one-handed throwing drills. Comments from club manager Terry Francona suggest that the Indians have every reason to believe that he’ll make a full recovery by next summer, though it’s not yet clear whether or not he’ll need additional time to readjust to a full workload when he takes the field again.