David Clyde was famous for making his major league debut weeks after his high school career ended after the Rangers took him first in the 1973 draft. He flamed out due to lack of control, both pitching-wise and self-wise. His quote in an interview back in the 90s:
“I thought nothing of having a few drinks after the game — that was the way things went. But I really wasn’t an alcoholic. Yeah, I did party a little too much at times, I’ll admit to that. But I thought it was just the major-league lifestyle.”
Sadly, the bottle is still a problem for Clyde. From the Houston Press:
David Eugene Clyde, one of baseball’s great “What if?” stories, was arrested for DWI this weekend in Harris County.
Clyde is 57 now and this is his first offense. So, normally, this wouldn’t be of any notice to anyone other than close family members and maybe his employer. But when you’re a famous phenom cum cautionary tale like David Clyde, people are going to notice these things for the rest of your life.
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.