I mentioned yesterday that if “Moneyball” makes a bunch of dough that Hollywood — being what it is — will likely try to go back to that well as many times as it can. One candidate would certainly be the Tampa Bay Rays story, working off of Jonah Keri’s “The Extra 2%.” But really, there are many potential baseball/business combinations just ripe for some good old fashioned story-tellin’.
Over at BaseballNation today, Grant Brisbee outlines several possibilities, complete with excerpts from the screenplays. My favorite: The Boston Red Sox story: “Moneyball II: Now Featuring Money … How an underdog team used smarts and a crap-ton of money to persevere.”
Go for the lols, stay for the lols.
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.