Trevor Hoffman has had two good outings in a row, and as a result, Ken Macha appears to be leaning towards returning to his customary closer position, Adam McCalvy reports.
Said Ken Macha: “We kind of talked about that several times today. We’ll
see how some things go. That is two good outings in a row, so I’ll talk
to him [Thursday] and see how he’s feeling about himself.”
The Brewers play a day game this afternoon. A couple of Hoffman’s monster ninth inning metldowns came in afternoon games. I’m sure it makes no difference to him, but I don’t know if I can handle another afternoon of everyone in the Twitterverse and Blogosphere talking about that kind of tranwreck in real time, so I hope Macha holds off Hoffman’s return to the ninth inning until the weekend.
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.