The Kansas City Royals love Eric Hosmer, and all signs suggest they will try to keep him even if it won’t be easy.

Word is, they are willing to make a serious offer (presumably $100 million plus) to Hosmer, though they expect some big-market competition, perhaps from the Boston Red Sox, possibly the New York Yankees, or others. The Royals can’t be sure they can outbid interested big-market teams, but they put a high value on Hosmer.

(An aside: It’s funny to think when baseball analyst predicted a one-year deal for Hosmer back in spring training).

The real question is what they will do if they can’t get Hosmer, and they are deciding how strongly to pursue Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and their other free agents when the reality is that they might be in for a couple-year rebuild.