Roger Clemens’ son, Houston high school pitcher Kacy Clemens, was drafted by the Astros in the 35th round Saturday, but he’s already decided to bypass signing in favor of college.
Roger broke the news to Jose De Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, saying Kacy will attend the University of Texas–where Roger starred in 1982 and 1983 –“to get his education and get the Horns back to Omaha.”
As a 35th-round pick Clemens likely would have been in line for only a small signing bonus. Back in 1981 his dad was drafted by the Mets in the 12th round, but Roger opted to play two seasons for Texas, and then became the Red Sox’s first-round pick in 1983.
Koby Clemens, who’s Kacy’s older brother, was the Astros’ eighth-round pick in 2005.
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.