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Royals Extend Qualifying Offers To Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas

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As of 5 PM ET on Monday, free agency in Major League Baseball is officially underway; and three of the core players on the Kansas City Royals are now free agents.

On Monday, the team extended $17.4 million qualifying offers to Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas. They were three of nine players in baseball to receive a qualifying offer.

The trio of Royals have 10 days to accept or decline their offer, and are free to negotiate with other ballclubs during that time; all three are expected to decline by the November 16 deadline.

Kansas City will receive “a compensatory draft pick based on the value of the contracts those players sign elsewhere” with each declined offer, FOX Sports reports.

Cain, Hosmer, and Moustakas have been teammates on the Royals since 2011, winning a World Series championship together in 2015.

All three players are coming off excellent 2017 seasons. Cain, 31, hit .300/.363/.455 with 15 homers, 49 RBIs, and 26 steals in 155 games. Hosmer, 28, played in all 162 games and hit .318/.385/.498 with 25 homers and 94 RBIs. Moustakas, 29, had a career year, hitting .272/.314/.521 with career highs in homers (38) and RBIs (85).

The Royals are expected to make a strong push to keep Hosmer, who is respected greatly within the organization for his leadership abilities and work ethic. Losing all three though will be a huge blow for Kansas City, and will create big holes to be filled.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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