The Royals have focused on locking up all of their key players by buying out a year or two of free agency, and it has lead to one question: Can we get a deal done with Eric Hosmer? The biggest part of getting this to be a yes will be how widely Dayton Moore can get David Glass to open his wallet, but there are a few other things that would help assuming the Royals can't come up with the money to match the Votto, Pujols, and Fielder ridiculousness.
This is obviously the most important non-pecuniary consideration in this sort of negotiation. Greinke left because he felt that his chances of winning in KC were not good, and Hosmer will too. Luckily for us, the future is much brighter now than it was during Greinke's tenure here. It would be helpful if in the near future a big time free agent was signed to a largish contract to prove that the Royals are serious and facilitate the winning that might make Eric want to stay.
I don't see this being a problem, but I hope that the local media will bend over backwards to make Hosmer's time here as pain free as possible.
3. Other Players
It looks like this is one of the more promising areas. The players right now really seem to get along and hang out together outside of baseball more than any Royals team I can remember. Keeping a positive work environment could be very beneficial because leaving friends will make bolting for free agency less attractive, and don't underestimate peer pressure. But mister Boris, all my friends are signing extensions...
4. The Fans
That's right, we can help out too. We need to basically treat Hosmer like a demigod. Give him the metaphorical (or literal, I'd be fine with that as well) key to the city. So, although I like Jeff Francoeur, nice guy, it is time to abandon the French Quarter and start The Land of Hoz. It is only the first of many things the fans can do to let Eric know we really want him to be a lifer in Kansas City. Ideas from all fans should start being vetted in places such as Royals Review.