Eric Hosmer will be eligible for free agency after the season and the Kansas City Royals aren't optimistic they'll agree to an extension with him this spring.

Hosmer, 27, is in his prime and the Royals have never given out a $100 million contract.

"We earned an opportunity to weigh our options and do the best for yourself," Hosmer said of himself and other potential K.C. free agents. "We would like to come back, but you don't know what's going to happen. None of us do."

The Royals are expected to wait until next offseason before seriously negotiating with any of their free agents.