Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Royals are willing to make an offer of "presumably $100 million-plus" for Hosmer, although they expect "some big-market competition" from, among others, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
The 27-year-old Hosmer, a three-time Gold Glove winner, has put himself into position for a big payday by slashing .317/.383/.493 with 24 homers during his walk year.
Keeping all three impending free agents could be next to impossible, so the Royals face difficult choices on what to do with limited resources.
This week, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote the Royals could "make a play" to retain Cain.
-- Doug Mittler