Replacing the injured Evan Meek on Pittsburgh’s roster will be 2007 first-round pick Daniel Moskos, the Pirates announced Saturday.
It will be the first trip to the majors for Moskos, who was drafted fourth overall behind David Price (Rays), Mike Moustakas (Royals) and Josh Vitters (Cubs) four years ago. The Pirates weren’t interested in spending the money to secure Matt Wieters, who went fifth to the Orioles, and ended up choosing Moskos over talents like Jason Heyward, Madison Bumgarner and Jarrod Parker.
Moskos gets the call after opening the season with a 1.69 ERA and a 7/1 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings out of the pen for Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates made him a full-time reliever last year, and he ended 2010 with a 4.14 ERA and 22 saves between Double- and Triple-A.
So, perhaps it’s not fair to call him a bust just yet. He does have a chance of developing into a steady left-handed reliever. But when the best-case scenario for the fourth overall pick is John Grabow’s career, it’s safe to say something went wrong.
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.