Miguel Cabrera in some elite company at age 27

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Miguel Cabrera turned 27 years old yesterday and celebrated with his 212th career homer, which got me curious about where his production at his age ranks in baseball history.
After all, Cabrera was a full-time player for a World Series team at age 20, has played at least 155 games in every year since then, and has never hit fewer than 25 homers, driven in fewer than 100 runs, or batted below .290 in a full season.
He still has another 150 or so games to include in his “through age 27” production, but assuming he matches last year’s numbers (.324/.396/.547 with 34 homers and 103 RBIs) here’s where Cabrera would rank in various categories among players at the end of their age-27 seasons:
Games: 1,200 (20th)
Hits: 1,418 (12th)
Doubles: 287 (4th)
Homers: 243 (12th)
RBIs: 856 (10th)
Total Bases: 2,458 (9th)
Extra-Base Hits: 542 (10th)
Not bad, huh?
Cabrera may be overlooked at times because he’s never blasted 40 homers or finished higher than fourth in the MVP balloting–and certainly didn’t make any fans with his drunken arrest last October–but in terms of consistent excellence few hitters in baseball history can match him at this stage of their careers.
Today’s birthday boy isn’t bad either: Joe Mauer joins Cabrera at age 27 today and the reigning MVP already has more batting titles than every other catcher in baseball history combined. Also born in 1983? Zack Greinke, Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Justin Verlander, Nick Markakis, Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Braun, and Cole Hamels. Oh, and me (although my numbers through age 27 don’t compare so favorably).

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.