UPDATE: It’s a done deal now for three years and $13 million, pending a physical exam next week.
Giants general manager Brian Sabean revealed yesterday that he was very close to re-signing reliever Javier Lopez and now Steve Berman of Bay Area Sports Guy reports that it’ll be a three-year, $13 million deal.
Last time Lopez re-signed with the Giants he got a two-year, $8.5 million contract, so he’s basically getting the same deal with an extra year added on. Not bad for a 35-year-old left-handed specialist.
Lopez has a 2.26 ERA in four seasons with the Giants, including a 1.83 ERA this year, and he’s held left-handed hitters to a sub-.200 batting average in five of the past six seasons.
Sabean and the Giants have been very busy already this offseason, re-signing Lopez and Tim Lincecum for a combined $48 million while also adding Tim Hudson to the rotation on a two-year, $23 million deal.
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.