The morning after the latest chapter of Boston Red Sox post-season heroics, a reminder of how fleeting such glory can be. Curt Schilling, hero of 2004, has people going over all of his stuff.
We noted his estate sale last week. Here’s a scene from it that kind of brings home that these guys are just people:
Bill Fegley bought two bathroom scales, $8 each, with this logic: Maybe Schilling had weighed in on them while wearing the famous bloody sock from the 2004 World Series when he pitched on an injured ankle.
“I saw the scales and thought, ‘What a riot to give to my dad,’ ” said Fegley, who also bought a blue fabric shower curtain ($5) and a cow figurine ($5).
A million miles from Fenway.
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.