Gio Gonzalez got hit hard yesterday for the first time this season, as the Rangers knocked him out of the game with a seven-run third inning, but then it started raining in Texas and the game was called.
In addition to the Rangers having a nearly guaranteed win taken off the books, all individual stats are wiped away when that happens. Gonzalez keeps his shiny 2.68 ERA instead of seeing it balloon up to 3.86 and Mitch Moreland’s first career grand slam technically never happened.
“One apology I want to make is to Mitch,” Gonzalez jokingly told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News. “Sorry buddy, I’ll definitely send you over a check.”
Assuming he actually did get out the checkbook, what’s the going rate for a grand slam vanishing, anyway?
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.