Alex Rodriguez was on ESPN Radio with Michael Kay yesterday, talking about his 600th home run. The bulk of the interview was about how he’s in a better mental space than he was a couple of years ago, the pressure and the career home run mark. But I found this answer — about what people should think about his home run totals in light of his PED use — interesting:
I have nothing to say. I’m not the judge or the jury. When it is all
said and done, when my contract is up in New York and I get to retire, I
think people are going to look at my body of work and say yes, no, or
indifferent. That’s up to them. I’m not here trying to change their mind
or not. I’m trying to walk the walk.”
When “I get to retire?”
I know the guy is overanalyzed as it is, and obviously one friggin’ word over the course of long interview is probably meaningless. But man, if I was doing that interview, I don’t think I’d be able to help myself from asking “what do you mean ‘get‘ to retire, Alex?”
And yes, I realize that would make me part of a problem I complain about all the time, but I’m not going to lie and say the particular phraseology here doesn’t interest me.
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.