Via the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Hank Schulman:
The Giants and Pablo Sandoval’s representatives have not had any discussions about a contract extension for the third baseman, and general manager Brian Sabean said the club will hold off “as of now.”
Schulman adds on Twitter that Sandoval and his reps want at least five years and $90 million — which is what Giants outfielder Hunter Pence signed for in late September. San Francisco’s front office isn’t ready to commit that kind of money or contract length to a player like Sandoval, whose numbers (and weight) have been so up and down in recent years.
Sandoval entered camp this spring in improved physical shape and has every reason in the world to keep his weight in check. He’s currently scheduled to hit the free agent market five days after the World Series.
The Giants aren’t ruling out an in-season contract extension for the 27-year-old third baseman.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.