You only get a couple of chances in life. Unless you’re Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who seems to have gotten a dozen. He’s been up and down and back up again. He’s failed at the major league level for the most part but, since he has timed those flashes of quality just right and since he has run out of minor league options, he has always managed to hold on.
He’s holding on again, at least for now. Carrasco has posted a 6.95 ERA through four appearances this season and has lost his spot in the rotation. The Indians have moved him to the bullpen. As a result they will use Zach McAllister on three days’ rest tomorrow and, in all likelihood, Trevor Bauer will be called up to fill Carrasco’s spot in the rotation. Bauer has looked like a totally different pitcher this spring, one who is finally ready to fulfill his promise.
As for Carassco, he’s still in the bigs. But you have to think that Cleveland is about at the end of its rope with him.
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.