Last week Giants manager Bruce Bochy revealed that Matt Cain has been pitching through a “cranky” elbow since spring training, and so not surprisingly after initially pushing back his next turn in the rotation the team has now placed him on the disabled list.
Cain refused to give any details about his status when asked last week, saying: “I’m feeling like I’m feeling.”
His performance speaks for itself, though, with a 2-7 record and career-worst 4.18 ERA in 15 starts to go along with the lowest strikeout rate of his decade-long career and his highest walk rate since 2008. For now the Giants are calling his injury merely inflammation.
Playing through an injury: Still a really, really bad idea.
Cain is making $20 million this season and is owed another $20 million per season through 2017, plus a $21 million option or $7.5 million buyout for 2018.
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.