According to beat writer Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, 40-year-old right-hander Pedro Martinez told reporters on Saturday night that he’s planning to officially retire from baseball.
Pedro sat out the entire 2010 and 2011 seasons, and hinted at hanging up his cleats during an interview back in May. So the announcement comes as no surprise.
The sure-fire Hall of Famer posted a 3.63 ERA and 37/8 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings for the Phillies in 2009. He’ll finish up with a sparkling 219-100 career record, a 2.93 career ERA and a 1.05 career WHIP. He struck 3,154 batters over an 18-year career.
Martinez said he’s planning to visit Boston and other cities as part of a reunion tour next summer.
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.