He might have seen it coming but never heard it from his now-former player. After news broke about Eric Hosmer heading to the San Diego Padres for an 8 year-long contract and $144 million, only the front offices were aware of what was happening.
The Royals were in contact with Hosmer and his reps this offseason, but Ned Yost said he didn't speak to him. He reached out via text multiple times. He didn't hear back. "I'm not sure whose orders that was," Ned joked. "I didn't hear from him, even when I was on my death bed."— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) 18 de febrero de 2018
As Royals' manager Ned Yost said this Sunday, he maintained communication with Hosmer during the offseason, but he never knew the intentions of the new Padres' players and the directives kept the operation whit some amount of secret, as he wasn't aware of what was going on.
Ned Yost said he texted Hoz numerous times this off-season but never heard back from him: "I’m not sure whose orders that was." Ned then joked, "Even when I was on my death bed.”— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) 18 de febrero de 2018
According to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star, the Royals' skipper stated:
"I'm not sure (on) whose orders that was, I didn't hear from him (From Hosmer), even when I was on my death bed."
While Yost remains disappointed about the departure of Hosmer, he insists that the team has to move on towards the future:
"Did we want him back? Sure we did, 100 percent. We just felt that his legacy was going to be cemented in Kansas City. He's loved there. But at the end of the day, he chose or got a better offer from San Diego. So, we just move on. Just control what you can control."
Hosmer spent his whole career with the Kansas City Royals. He was drafted in 2008 by the organization and he enjoyed great success during his tenure at the Kauffman Stadium, reaching to World Series and winning one in 2015, earning the first title of the franchise since 1985, alongside manager Ned Yost.