DETROIT -- First baseman Eric Hosmer might be closer to resuming his professional playing career with the Royals.
According to a Pittsburgh newspaper report, the Pirates have agreed to a contract with third baseman Pedro Alvarez for a guaranteed $6.355 million. A dispute between the Pirates and Alvarez over their previous agreement had ensnared the Royals and Hosmer, who signed a contract for $6 million.
Alvarez was the No. 2 overall choice and Hosmer was No. 3 in last June's First-Year Player Draft. A grievance was filed by the Players' Association over an extension of the signing deadline by the Commissioner's Office and Hosmer was ordered to quit playing after three games with Idaho Falls.
"We haven't heard anything official," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "We do know that our guy has not [yet] been cleared to play."
However, if the grievance is withdrawn, that could clear the way for Hosmer to play for the Royals in the Arizona Instructional League which began games on Monday.
"I'd anticipate something in the next 48 hours," Moore said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.