Bud puts the brakes on the Pete Rose reinstatement talk

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All of that fun we had the other day with Pete Rose seems to have petered out, as Bud Selig is now telling people that he’s not going to pardon the hit king. The Dayton Daily News’ Hal McCoy thinks that someone got played:

I can sniff exactly what happened. It has happened to me. I wrote a
story once and the next day Commissioner Selig was on the phone
personally, straightening me out.

Madden is a close friend of mine and I respect him immensely. He is
on the writers ballot for the Spink Award and Hall of Fame induction
next year. He attends the Hall of Fame ceremonies every year and talks
to all the Hall of Famers.

Somebody steered him wrong. I noticed there were no quotes from
Selig on the story that he is considering Rose’s reinstatement. Madden
talked about Hank Aaron backing Rose, along with Joe Morgan and Frank
Robinson. Somebody spoon-fed him false information – maybe even some of
Rose’s people, who have been known to do that.

Anyway, I suspect Selig called Madden on Monday and set the record straight.

Isn’t just as likely — and in total keeping with his past habits —
that Bud Selig was sending up a trial balloon to see how a
reinstatement would play? And that, given what, from where I’m sitting
anyway, looks like a decidedly anti-reinstatement sentiment, decided to
walk it back?

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.