Adam Dunn is not going to be traded

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There are some rumors that Adam Dunn could be had from the Nationals, but the Nats’ GM says that he is not available:

“We are not trading Adam Dunn. That’s as definitive as I can be . .
. By no means is Adam Dunn on the trading block. We do not want to move
Adam Dunn. We acquired him to keep him in the long-term. He’s having an
All-Star type of first half, he’s a leader in the clubhouse and he’s
the anchor of the middle of our lineup.”

Which makes total sense. For one thing, there isn’t a team out there
who (a) needs a bad defender/DH; (b) has the money to pay Dunn’s
contract through the end of 2010; and (c) has the kind of prospects to
send back to Washington that would make the P.R. of it all (i.e.
trading your big free agent splash just over three months into the
season) worth the Nationals’ while.

As Nats’ watcher and NBC Washington contributor Chris Needham notes in this comments thread,
the Nationals have been down this road before, last time with Alfonso
Soriano. Many criticized Washington for not trading him during his
career-year in 2006 and instead allowing him to become a free agent.
What most people don’t realize, however, is that Washington got two
compensation picks for him in return. One of those pics is Jordan
Zimmermann, who, unlike anything the Nats could have gotten for Soriano
that July, is likely to be a part of the next good Nationals team.

Well, the first good Nationals team, but you see my point.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.