Francisco Rodriguez and the Brewers are getting back together, with Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reporting that the two sides have agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal.
Rodriguez spent part of 2011, all of 2012, and part of 2013 with the Brewers before being traded to the Orioles in July of last year. Overall for Milwaukee he threw 126 innings with a 3.15 ERA and 131/50 K/BB ratio, so it’s easy to see why the Brewers would want him back and the price is certainly reasonable.
He’ll begin the season in a setup role in front of closer Jim Henderson and Rodriguez, despite once being one of the most successful young closers in MLB history, has not topped 25 saves in a season since 2009.
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.