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Baseball rumors: Eric Hosmer's promotion, Derek Jeter's slow start and more

Phil Rogers reports tidbits from around the league.

May 07, 2011
  • Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer heads for first on his first major league hit on May 7.
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer heads for first on his first major… (John Sleezer / Kansas City…)

With the Kansas City Royals' promotion of first baseman Eric Hosmer this soon, he'll probably earn arbitration eligibility after 2013. … Derek Jeter's slow start would be a bigger issue if five Joe Girardi'sNew York Yankees regulars weren't hovering around .900 or better in on-base plus slugging percentage. … Sandy AldersonThe New York Mets hope to keep Jose Reyes off the free-agent market, but other teams expect the Mets to trade him at midseason if they haven't signed him to an extension. … Joel Zumaya's is going to have another surgery on his elbow this week, effectively ending his tenure with the Detroit Tigers, as he will be a free agent after the season. … The Pittsburgh Pirates are talking to center fielder Andrew McCutchen about a contract that would run through 2015 with options for '16 and '17. … Texas Rangers left-handed pitcher C.J. Wilson just set a franchise record with his fourth double-digit-strikeout game. Nolan RyanRoy Halladay The Philadelphia Phillies' best starter this season has been Cole Hamels, who had a 1.42 earned-run average in a recent stretch of five starts, holding opponents to a .182 average while striking out 37 in 38 innings. … Kenny Friedman, the father of Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman, heads a group bidding against favorite Jim Crane for the Houston Astros.

— Phil Rogers

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