Yesterday Nats’ infielder Anthony Rendon made a lot of people smile when he said “I don’t watch baseball — it’s too long and boring.” Today his manager was on 106.7 The Fan in Washington and talked about those comments. Short version: he gets it:
“Anthony’s just being funny. You know, baseball, when you watch it and you play it every day, can get boring. Because, you know, you’re always there in it. And when you step outside of it, it’s not easy to watch for a player.”
I can appreciate that. My brother worked at In-N-Out Burger for seven or eight years and after a year or two of it he never wanted the stuff. While I don’t get tired of baseball after reading and writing about it, I do find myself way less likely to read for pleasure in the evenings than I used to because I just read all damn day. If you get jacked up to play baseball all the time and spend all of your active hours thinking about it and doing it, I can totally see not having much patience for it in your free time.
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.
Veteran Omar Infante has spent the overwhelming majority of his career as an infielder, but the Tigers plan to give him some playing time in center field this spring. The Tigers’ center field situation is still murky and adding more versatility would increase Infante’s odds of making the roster.
Infante, 35, signed a minor league deal with the Tigers in December. He played 39 games for the Royals last season, batting .239/.279/.321 in 149 plate appearances while playing second base exclusively. Infante last played in the outfield in 2010 with the Braves, and last played center field specifically in ’09 with the Braves.
The Tigers currently have Mikie Mahtook, Tyler Collins, and JaCoby Jones at the top of their center field depth chart. It is not what one would call “optimal.”