Losing streak

Seventeen straight losses and counting for the Seattle Mariners

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We’ve gotten to the point where, yes, we will highlight every Mariners loss until they win a game.  And yes, when they win a game we’ll not that too.

But for now, the ineptitude continues unabated.  Granted the schedule has been rocky lately, what with trips through Boston and New York, but they look like they’d lose to any team you could throw at them lately.

Seattle struck out 18 times.  They got one hit. If it wasn’t for the rain delays — and Joe Girardi’s decision to keep sending CC Sabathia out when they ended — I doubt they would have gotten the one. Some late walks and errors by the Yankees gave them a chance to score that run, but there was never a sustained threat.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times posted a list of the worst losing streaks of all time in his blog post last night.  It’s worth a gander:

24 — Cleveland (NL), 1899
23 — Philadelphia (NL), 1961
23 — Pittsburgh (NL), 1890
21 — x-Baltimore (AL), 1988
20 — Boston (AL), 1906
20 — Philadelphia (AL), 1916
20 — Philadelphia (AL), 1943
20 — Montreal (NL), 1969
19 — Kansas City (AL), 2005
19 — Detroit (AL), 1975
19 — Boston (NL), 1906
19 — Cincinnati (NL), 1914
18 — Philadelphia (AL), 1920
18 — Washington (AL), 1948
18 — Washington (AL), 1959
18 — St. Louis (NL), 1897
17 — Boston (AL), 1926
17 — New York (NL), 1962
17 — Atlanta (NL), 1977
17– SEATTLE (AL), 2011

Report: Royals and Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 12:  Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals and the American League rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the National League in the 2nd inning of the 87th Annual MLB All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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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.

Yankees sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 17:  Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 17, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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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.