Minnesota came into the offseason needing to fill at least three and possibly four rotation spots, and the Twins’ early additions of Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey haven’t been very inspiring.
They also inked Rich Harden to a minor-league deal today, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Twins are still searching for rotation help and both Joe Saunders and Brett Myers are “very much on the Twins’ radar.”
Myers has more upside than Saunders, but as with Correia and Pelfrey it’s clear that the Twins are shopping in the bargain bin despite some initial talk of trying to put together a quality rotation.
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.