From the annals of “really?” comes an inexplicable little tiff from the Diamondbacks-Cubs game.
Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams was leaving the field after the third out of an inning. Here’s what Williams said happened:
Samardzija yelled at him, “What are you looking at?”
Williams said he replied, “I’m not looking at you.”
“I have no idea,” Williams said when asked why Samardzija would say that to him. “I didn’t say a word to the man and I don’t have any respect for that. I have no respect for him showing somebody up on the field.”
I wish he would have said “I’m looking at a guy who has no idea how bad his bullpen is going to treat him later in the game … you are a figurative walking corpse right now … God be with ye.”
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.