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Red Sox report: Deven Marrero rode out the offseason with Eric Hosmer, J.D. Martinez

Rob Bradford
February 18, 2018 - 10:24 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Deven Marrero woke up to the news Sunday morning. His offseason housemate had finally found a team.

Upon learning that Eric Hosmer had agreed to an eight-year, $144 million deal with the Padres, Marrero -- who grew up with the former Royals first baseman, and has lived with him over the past five offseasons -- immediately joined his sisters in a group text congratulating Hosmer on the news.

It was the end of a process the Red Sox infielder witnessed first hand throughout what was an anything-but-normal free agent period.

"He's not that type of person," said Marrero when asked if Hosmer had gotten impatient at any point. "He's the type of guy who wants what he wants and he's going to get what he wants. He knows his value and he knew what he wanted and that was it. He kept working hard every day. He was the same old guy every day. We live together. We train together every day. Nothing was different. He just knew what he wanted and he was going to wait until he got it."

Marrero added, "There was nothing in him that was worrying him or anything like that. He knew he was going to get what he was going to get. I'm sure he's happy making a decision, that's why he waited so long. He's not the type of person. He's not the type who freaks out, who panics and stuff like that. He was cool as a cucumber. He handled it perfectly. He got bullied there a little bit at the beginning, but that didn't faze him. He knew his worth and got what he deserved."

Marrero had let it be known that he was going to be all-in on recruiting his buddy to Boston. But when the Red Sox signed Mitch Moreland, it became clear the Sox would no longer be in the market for Hosmer.

"That's just the way it goes," Marrero lamented. "Mitch is a great player, but it's a business at the end of the day. Would I have loved for Eric to be here? One hundred and 10 percent. No question about it. Mitch is a great player and I'm happy to have him here. He was here last year and he's comfortable with the organization, and they're comfortable with him. It would have been great. It would have been my childhood dream, for sure, to play alongside him on the same team in the big leagues. That would have been awesome. But I just have to play against him now."

It was certainly a memorable offseason for Marrero and Hosmer considering the uncertainty surrounding the free agent chaos. But what made the dynamic even more unique was the occasional visits from another Scott Boras client, J.D. Martinez, who would visit the pair at Hosmer's house for workouts and conversation.

But while the baseball world was wondering when the big-name free agents might be signing, according to Marrero, the overall tone among the group was that of patience thanks in large part to Boras.

"That's why we have him," Marrero said of his agent. "He's very good at his job and we know that he's very good at his job. We have the utmost confidence in him to do what he has to do to get what want at the end of the day. That's why I personally think he's the best in the business. I know think anybody comes close to how he handles things. He's been doing it for such a long time he knows how these teams work. And he knows that some players do worry. He wanted everyone to be comfortable. He knows how to work everybody. The way he handled the communication between him and Eric the whole offseason was unbelievable, and I think that's an important part."