Report: Yankees emerging as ‘true favorites’ to sign Dallas Keuchel

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Mark Feinsand of has a source who believes that the Yankees are going to land Dallas Keuchel. He says that the Yankees are the “true favorites” to sign him. Feinsand had also been hearing that the Braves are neck-and-neck with the Yankees, but Braves reporters are dubious about that and have been for months.

Whether it’s the Yankees or someone else, there is no reason to delay this business any longer. Keuchel has lingered on the free agent market for seven months and, as of yesterday, no longer has draft pick compensation tied to him by virtue of his rejection of a qualifying offer made by the Astros.

The Yankees could certainly use a starter. Keuchel, who went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 34 starts last year would certainly bolster the New York rotation.

Phils’ Hoskins tears knee, expected to miss significant time

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins needs surgery for a torn ACL after injuring his left knee Thursday fielding a grounder in a spring training game and is expected to miss a significant amount of time.

The Phillies did not say when Hoskins would have the surgery or exactly how long the slugging first baseman might be sidelined.

Hoskins hit 30 homers with 79 RBIs last season for the reigning National League champions.

He was backing up to play a chopper on Thursday when the ball popped out of his glove. Sooner after, he fell to the ground and began clutching his left knee. Teammates gathered around him before he was taken off of the field.

Hoskins, a free agent at the end of the season who turned 30 last week, hit six homers in Philadelphia’s playoff run last season. The Phillies lost to the Houston Astros in the World Series.

The injury was another blow for the Phillies, who will be without top pitching prospect Andrew Painter for another few weeks because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow. And slugger Bryce Harper isn’t expected back until around the All-Star break after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November.