I thought MLB suspending Ozzie Guillen two games for posting on Twitter following his ejection last week was too extreme, but yesterday the White Sox manager told Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com that the punishment “was a very fair one”:
I think it was good for baseball, myself and the integrity of the game. If MLB makes any good moves in the last 20 years I think this is a good one. They don’t make that many good moves but they did this time.
That quote didn’t seem very Ozzie-like until the part about how “they don’t make that many good moves.”
Guillen was ejected from Wednesday’s game for arguing a called third strike on Paul Konerko and posted on Twitter minutes later, writing:
This one going to cost me a lot money this is patetic
Today a tough guy show up a yankee stadium
He was right about the money and the “tough guy” is umpire Todd Tichenor. MLB prohibits the use of social media during games and Guillen said he “agrees 100 percent with them.” He served the suspension Friday and Saturday, as the White Sox lost both games to the Orioles.
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.