Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

Josh Hamilton says he’s playing at “50 percent” health

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Most of the 75 or so players remaining in this year’s postseason are dealing with some kind of malady, whether it be a major injury or general soreness.

Josh Hamilton may be hurting more than most.

According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, the 30-year-old outfielder said after Saturday’s 15-5 ALCS Game 6 victory over the Tigers that he’s currently operating at “about 50 percent health.”

Hamilton has been battling a strained groin muscle for the past couple of months and is also carrying a number of other bumps and bruises. He has pledged to continue playing through the discomfort until the end of the Fall Classic, though, and should be helped some by the rest period between now and the start of the World Series on Wednesday evening.

Hamilton has hit .293/.311/.415 with zero home runs in 45 plate appearances this October, but he does have five doubles and seven RBI. The Rangers are getting enough power production from the rest of their lineup.

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.