That’s the report from Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, who says that there has been a significant rift between Jorge Posada and Joe Girardi going back to Girardi’s stint as a Yankees bench coach in 2005. Back then, Feinsand’s sources tell him, Posada and Girardi clashed when Posada ignored Girardi’s scouting reports of other teams and called his own game:
“Jorge would deviate from those plans all the time during games, which drove Joe nuts,” the source said. “Joe would call him out on it all the time, which drove Jorge mental.”
Reached for comment in 2015, Joe Girardi said this:
“I bear no grudge against Jorge Posada. He’s been very successful, and God bless him. God bless him. But I’ll tell something; I ain’t done too badly, myself. Uh, I manage a shopping mall down in Florence, Alabama. Yeah, it’s the number one mall in Colbert County. It’s number four in the state, so it’s not too bad, you know? Uh, I play golf several times a week, you know? But I’ll tell ya, if Jorge woulda listened to me, I’d still be up there in baseball. Still be doin’ baseball, you know… How ’bout that?”
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.