Eric Hosmer's eight-year, $144 million deal with the San Diego Padres is everything he always wanted, and what every player desires. Yet, that merely leaves Hosmer seething at the major league teams who don’t share the Padres' vision, and whose inaction has left many of his major league comrades jobless this winter. “[Commissioner Rob] Manfred says the integrity of the game is first and foremost, that’s what we want to protect,’’ Hosmer says. “But the way the process went down this year, something is wrong with it. “I don’t think all of the teams are trying to be competitive or doing everything they can to protect the integrity of the game. If that was the case, why are guys like Carlos Gonzalez and [former Royals teammate] Mike Moustakas still on the market? That raises a lot of red flags. When you’ve got guys that are proven at this level, and have done it for many years at this level that are still on the market looking for jobs, that just tells you something isn’t right about it.
Eric Hosmer says lots of 'red flags' during grim offseason: 'Something is wrong with it'
USA Today | Mar 5