That’s what Mets sources are telling Jon Heyman, anyway. This despite the fact that he’s (a) doing nothing to help the team; and (b) is sowing dissension in the ranks as a result of his bullheaded refusal to accept a minor league assignment. Really, it’s as if he’s begging to be released, but no dice say the Mets.
Why not? Heyman suspects that it’s hard for them to get their brains around eating all of that money Perez is still owed. Of course he’s going to be owed that wherever he is right now, so why not free up the roster spot in the process? It’s called a sunk cost, and the Mets need to get familiar with the concept if they want to get better.
The only response to that is “well, he could turn things around.” To that I’d say that if he had any interest in even trying to turn things around he’d take the minor league assignment.
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.