What they're saying about Edwin Jackson's no-hitter

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Some assorted reaction and befuddlement to Edwin Jackson’s no-hitter against the Rays on Friday night.

  • Jon Paul Morosi: “I’ll admit that the final tally — 149 pitches, eight walks — looks a
    little absurd. But 2010 is the “Year of the 0.” We witnessed three perfect games
    (unofficially) in less than one month. A no-hitter? Routine.”
  • A.J. Hinch: “You do want to make smart decisions, but you do have a chance at
    history and you don’t want to take it away from him. And that’s for everybody involved, from the team, to the fans, to
    anybody that was included in this game. It was the most bizarre
    no-hitters you’ll ever be around.”
  • Joe Maddon: “He throws 68 pitches after just three innings and settles in and
    pitches like he did? You’ve got to give him a lot of
    credit. He’s a horse and a great athlete. He’s a great kid and he
    deserved to do that tonight. Hats off to him; he’s a wonderful man.”
  • Edwin Jackson: “After the fifth, I looked up there, and I was like,
    ‘Wow, after all
    this, there’s still no hits?”
  • Mel Stottlemeyer: “I was kind of kidding that he was an error and eight walks away from
    having a perfect game.”
  • Eric Stangel: “Edwin Jackson throws no-no. There are now more
    pitchers who have thrown a no hitter this season than those who haven’t
    .”
  • Joe Lemire: “Thus, the smart move for the Diamondbacks, who are already 14.5 games
    out of first place and would need a miracle to contend for the playoffs
    this season, would be to give Jackson a few extra days before his next
    outing or skip that next start altogether.”
  • Edwin Jackson: “If he wants to skip me (in the rotation), that’s fine. If he just wants to give
    me a day off, that’s fine, too.”
  • Rob Neyer: “For baseball, it means another chance to trumpet the effectiveness of
    its drug policy. Hitting isn’t down nearly as much this season as you
    might think (or as you’ve been told) … but it’s down some, and last
    year it was down from the year before. We’ve seen four no-hitters
    already this season and while we might not see another, this does seem
    to be a new era, an era in which pitchers will somewhat regularly do
    incredible things. Even pitchers like Dallas Braden and Jackson.”

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.