According to John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News, Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick of the Athletics visited a victim of the Boston Marathon bombings prior to their game against the Red Sox this evening. Athletics third base coach Tye Waller also made the trip.
Moss, Reddick, and Waller went to the Boston Children’s Hospital to see 11-year-old Aaron Hern, who is from the Oakland area. Hern was standing near the second blast last Monday while watching his mom run the Marathon. He has already undergone three surgeries as the result of his injuries.
While they went there to put a smile on Hern’s face, Reddick explained that they walked away from the visit genuinely touched by the experience.
“I think we were there to help him forget,” Reddick said. “He had a big smile and to see his face light up when we got there was just tremendous.
“By the time we left, I felt I got more out of it than he did. What happened really put things in perspective.”
Good on you, fellas. The Athletics hope to honor Hern and his family later this summer during a game at the O.co Coliseum.
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.