We knew it was all going down in October. Now we know specifically when. From MLB:
Tiebreakers and Wild Card Games:
- Sunday, September 29: Last day of the regular season
- Monday, September 30: any tiebreakers, if necessary
- Tuesday, October 1: National League Wild Card Game
- Wednesday, October 2: American League League Wild Card Game
- Thursday, October 3: Both National League Division Series begins
- Friday, October 4: Both American League Division Series begin, NLDS continues
- Wednesday, October 9: Game Five of both NLDS, if necessary
- Thursday, October 10: Game Five of both ALDS, if necessary
League Championship Series:
- Friday, October 11: Game one of NLCS
- Saturday, October 12: Game one of ALCS
- Saturday, October 19: Gave Seven of NLCS, if necessary
- Sunday, October 20: Game Seven of ALCS, if necessary
- Wednesday, October 23: Game one of the World Series in the American League city
- Saturday, October 26: Game three of the World Series in the National League city
- Thursday, October 31: Game seven of the World Series, if necessary
As for the broadcasts:
- Tiebreakers, if necessary: TBS
- NL Wild Card Game: TBS
- AL Wild Card Game: TBS
- ALDS and NLDS: All games except two on TBS, two games on MLB Network
- NLCS: TBS
- ALCS: Fox
- World Series: Fox
After that you’re on your own until spring.
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.