My neighbor has a 9 year-old they won’t let operate the damn remote, but little Braden Halladay was the decision maker that changed the course of three franchises. Go kids:
“It’s such a family decision,” Roy Halladay’s wife was saying after
yesterday’s press conference at Citizens Bank Park made it official.
“We were sitting with our agent who is like family and we said, ‘OK,
we’ve got to decide what to do.’ So I grabbed my phone and I called my
9-year-old. And I said Braden, ‘This is the situation. I’m going to put
you on the phone and you guys decide if this is what we’re going to
Someone in Philly ought to make a phony Braden Halladay Twitter account and use it to second-guess Charlie Manuel’s decisions all next season. “Dood — I totly wldnt hv brgt @Lidge in there and pulled @Dad. @Lidge sux /fml. #CitoGastonRulz”
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.
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.