Quote of the day: "Who's gonna take him next year?"

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Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman brought some stone-cold logic to the Steven Strasburg negotiations before Sunday’s game:



“When it comes down to it, Strasburg has to think about, ‘Can I go to
bed if I turn down $15, 16 million dollars — whatever it is — to pass
up the opportunity to play for these guys?’ That’s a lot of money. I
don’t understand what he thinks will be better next year. If we don’t
take him, who’s gonna take him next year? Pittsburgh? San Diego? San
Diego is not gonna pay him more. Absolutely his leverage will never be
higher. Everybody wants to play where they want to play; everybody
wants the ideal situation, but that’s not the point of the draft. You
can’t tell people where you want to play. At some point, do it like
everybody else has already done it. I agree, he’s one of the better
college pitchers ever to pitch, but he hasn’t proven anything yet.”




Hey Scott, Zim speaks the truth. Sure you want Rizzo to be the GM?

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.