MLB.com’s Scott Merkin tweeted something interesting a few minutes ago:
[Adam] Dunn apparently sought out advice from former teammates such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Harris about hitting at U.S. Cellular
Ken Griffey hit .257/.333/.392 with one homer in 84 plate appearances at U.S. Cellular during his brief stint with the White Sox in 2008. He had a .726 OPS there for his entire career. Willie Harris hit .227/.295/.302 there in 448 plate appearances.
Dunn is obviously friends with those guys but you know what? If I’m him, I think I’d be just fine on my own, ya know?
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.