Eric Hosmer said Sunday that he and his agent were discussing a long-term contract esxtension with the Royals.
Hosmer understands the nature of the business though and has said that if the two sides don't reach a deal before Opening Day, that he'll test out the free agent market next winter. Hosmer joins a long list of Royals veterans who are entering their walk year, making it a strong possibility that the club could sell off and start rebuilding if they fall out of playoff contention.
Yankees signed LHP Jon Niese to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Niese will get a look as both a starter and reliever in spring camp. The club had been in the market for a left-handed setup man, but found the cost of Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan to be too prohibitive.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Jon Niese is taking a physical for the Yankees and will sign a minor league deal with the club if all goes well.
The veteran southpaw threw a bullpen session for interested teams earlier in the month in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Niese registered a 5.50 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 88/47 K/BB ratio across 121 innings between the Pirates and Mets in 2016.
Orioles designated LHP T.J. McFarland for assignment.
The move creates a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly-acquired Vidal Nuno. According to reports, the O's are hopeful that McFarland will pass through waivers unclaimed and could still fight for a spot in the club's bullpen.
Orioles acquired LHP Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers for RHP Ryan Moseley.
The 29-year-old southpaw has now been traded four times in the past three years. Nuno compiled a 3.53 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 7.8 K/9 over 58 2/3 innings primarily out of the bullpen for the Mariners in 2016. He'll add valuable depth to the Orioles with his ability to both start and pitch effectively out of the bullpen.
Dodgers acquired RHP Ryan Moseley from the Orioles for LHP Vidal Nuno.
The Dodgers needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to announce the Franklin Gutierrez signing and given their strong depth on the pitching side it was determined that Nuno was the odd-man out. Moseley, 22, appeared in 12 games at Low-A Aberdeen in 2016, posting a 3.20 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that Mike Montgomery and Brett Anderson will each get a chance to pitch in the first week of spring training games.
The two southpaws are among those competing for the fifth spot in the Cubs' Opening Day rotation, so the club wants to get as many looks at them as possible. Maddon also wants ease the rest of his starters into spring action after the extra innings they logged on the Cubs' march to the World Series in 2016.
Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are closing in on deal to acquire Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers.
Minor league right-hander Ryan Moseley would head back to the Dodgers in the reported deal. Given the current state of the O's starting pitching depth, Nuno could challenge for a spot in the Opening Day rotation or serve as a valuable cog in a long-relief role.