I’m not sure anyone was actually thinking it was even a possibility, but Jorge Posada was asked today about potentially making a comeback and made it very clear he’s staying retired.
Posada, who’s at Yankees camp as a guest instructor, told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York:
I have no interest in playing ball. I don’t want to be gone for that long. You retire to be home and you don’t want to be gone for a month and a half. … I don’t think I could. Really, I don’t think I can. The grind of a long season, I don’t think I could do that anymore. I’m happy where I’m at. I’m not second-guessing myself. I know I can’t play the game now. In my mind, I think I made the right decision.
I still think Posada could have helped quite a few teams as a designated hitter last season–he remained plenty effective versus right-handed pitchers in 2011–but after a year off at age 41 it’s a moot point.
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.