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The mystery continues

Are they clearing money for Hosmer?

Jay Binkley
January 29, 2018 - 8:30 pm
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Could the Royals trade on Monday night mean anything for the future of Eric Hosmer?  It's been well documented how much Dayton Moore and the Royals value Eric Hosmer both on and off the field.  They reportedly made an offer earlier this winter for 147 million over 7 years but that has not been confirmed.  The Royals also sent cash to the A's but with the contract of Brandon Moss and trading Ryan Buchter they will gain 5 million dollars or so. 

The Royals also get pitchers Jesse Hahn and minor league Heath Fillmyer out of the deal.

LINK:  SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE ARTICLE ON THE RACE BETWEEN SAN DIEGO AND KANSAS CITY

It has always seemed a 2 horse race between Kansas City and San Diego for Eric Hosmer with a possible mystery team.  But the Royals are either clearing salary to make room for Hosmer or possibly another free agent like Logan Morrison (home town guy). 


This does leave a mystery at first base with the possibility of Hunter Dozier if they stayed in house but that does not seem likely.  Basically everything is on the table.

Of course if the Royals don't get their guy Hosmer the hometown guy Logan Morrison would be a nice alternative:

Press release from the Royals on the trade made on Monday night:

ROYALS ACQUIRE RHP’S JESSE HAHN, HEATH FILLMYER FROM OAKLAND FOR RYAN BUCHTER, BRANDON MOSS AND CASH CONSIDERATIONS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (January 29, 2018) – The Kansas City Royals announced tonight that they have acquired right-handed pitchers Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left-handed pitcherRyan Buchter, first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss and cash considerations.

Hahn, a 28-year-old from Norwich, Conn., made 13 starts (14 appearances) with Oakland last season, posting a 3-6 mark and a 5.30 ERA (41 ER in 69.2 IP).  The right-hander got off to a strong start in 2017, recording a 2.74 ERA (13 ER in 42.2 IP), through seven outings, including quality starts in five of his first six assignments.  He worked 8.0 scoreless innings at Angel Stadium on April 25, allowing just one hit, but took a no-decision in a 2-1 Oakland defeat.  He also collected a season-best seven strikeouts in 6.0 innings in a 3-1 loss at Kauffman Stadium on April 13.   Hahn has pitched in parts of four Major League seasons with San Diego (2014) and Oakland (2015-17) and enters 2018 with an 18-20 career record and a 4.19 ERA in 53 outings (50 starts).

Fillmyer, a 23-year-old from Roebling, N.J., spent the entire 2017 season at Midland (AA), where he was 11-5 with a 3.49 ERA (58 ER in 149.2 IP).  He tied for the Texas League lead in starts (29), while tying for second in wins, and ranking fifth in ERA and innings and eighth in strikeouts (115).  He was named an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com, while MLB.com ranked him as the No. 18 prospect in the A’s system following the season.  He was added to the A’s 40-man roster on Nov. 20.  Fillmyer was selected by Oakland in the fifth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, N.J.

Following the trade, the Royals’ Major League Reserve List remains at 40 players.

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