Frank McCourt just released a lengthy statement with respect to the Dodgers’ bankruptcy filing. Here’s my favorite part. It comes right after McCourt says that he tried to do the Fox deal but that Bud Selig got in his way:
I simply cannot allow the Commissioner to knowingly and intentionally be in a position to expose the Dodgers to financial risk any longer.
This from the guy whose financial irresponsibility is the sole reason why the Dodgers were in a position where he had no choice but to take a pennies on the dollar deal from Fox for TV rights lest the team go belly-up financially. A guy who bought multiple million dollar homes, paid thousands upon thousands of dollars a year for haircuts, gave his kids do-nothing jobs at six figures each and paid a psychic/energy-channeler/faith healer/swami/fraud in an effort to fix Jayson Werth’s bum wrist and send good vibes across the country to Los Angeles.
In light of this, if that’s not the least self-aware quote in the history of quotes, I don’t know what is.
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.