D end of D line for Dmitri

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I wrote about Dmitri Young a couple of times a couple of weeks ago, with the gist being “hey, I like the guy and I hope he can make his way back.” Seems that’s never gonna happen now:

It looks like Dmitri Young’s career, which reached such inspiring
heights two years ago with the Nationals, has come to an end under
upsetting circumstances. Young, who has been on rehab with Class AA
Harrisburg all month, tore his left quadriceps muscle last week and is
out for the rest of the season. And given all he’s gone through the
last two years, it’s hard to believe he’s going to get another shot to
play in the major leagues.

I agree, it seems unlikely that he’ll get another chance to play
somewhere. Rehab is not his strong suit, and by the time his quad is
better, he’s gonna be even more out of shape than he ever has been
(which is really, really out of shape).

Baseball, unlike the other sports, always seems to have a place in
it for an oddball, both physically and behaviorally speaking, and Young
was one of them over the past decade or so. I don’t know how most
people feel about all of this, but I’ll miss him.

Report: Royals and Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 12:  Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals and the American League rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the National League in the 2nd inning of the 87th Annual MLB All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.

Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.

Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.

Yankees sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 17:  Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 17, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.

According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.

Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.