The Kansas City Royals are poised to look very different in 2018.
With longtime hitters Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, and Lorenzo Cain expected to decline their $17.4 million qualifying offers to become free agents, the Royals are growing less confident in their ability to re-sign any of them, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
This comes hours after reports that the Royals were hopeful about retaining Hosmer and Moustakas.
All three made their Royals debuts in 2011, with Hosmer and Moustakas joining the club as first-round draft picks. Each has left their marks on the franchise, playing in a pair of World Series, winning one.
The silver lining for the Royals if they miss out on bringing them back is they will receive three compensatory draft picks, potentially jump-starting a rebuild.