Royals, Hosmer avoid arb with 1-year deal

Royals, Hosmer avoid arb with 1-year deal

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed on a one-year deal, thus avoiding arbitration, the club announced.

A source told the deal is worth $12.25 million. Hosmer made $8.25 million in 2016.

The Royals still have pending arbitration cases with left-hander Danny Duffy and closer Kelvin Herrera. Duffy and the Royals continue to explore a long-term deal, as has previously reported. Duffy made $4.225 million in 2016. Herrera made $2.55 million in 2016.

Sources told that Duffy submitted an $8 million salary for 2017, while the Royals filed at $7.25 million. Additionally, Herrera reportedly filed at $5.6 million, countered by the club at $5.05 million. Kansas City has never gone to an arbitration hearing with a player under general manager Dayton Moore.

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Hosmer was named an American League All-Star for the first time in 2016, when he set career highs with 25 home runs and 104 RBIs. He also earned All-Star Game MVP honors.

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The 27-year-old is a three-time Gold Glove Award winner at first base and was one of the biggest keys to the Royals' run to a World Series title in 2015. He can become a free agent following the 2017 season.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.