Royals first baseman spot still up in the air

Posted at 9:24 PM, Feb 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-14 23:30:12-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first day of Spring Training and a new first baseman. Potentially. Maybe. We'll see.

Eric Hosmer remains unsigned. Obviously, if the Royals star returns to Kansas City, he's your first baseman.

If not, guys like Hunter Dozier will get a shot at the position.

"It will be a good focus for him. I kind of look at Hunter in the same vein I looked at Corey Hart when I had Corey in Milwaukee," said manager Ned Yost. "Corey came up as a third baseman then moved to the outfield and then went to first base and then went to the outfield. He's athletic enough to where he can handle all three positions adequately."

Dozier played some first base for the Royals last Spring. But don't be penciling in his name yet.

"It's the first day of Spring Training. I don't know what's going to happen. I wouldn't say it's anybody's job to lose," said Yost.

Of course, first base is just one of the positions up in the air. Throw in centerfield, third base, 5th starter spot, and the bullpen, and it will be a competitive Spring in Surprise, Arizona.