The cupboard ain't bare in San Diego

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Via MLB Trade Rumors, here’s a choice quote regarding the Padres’ front office situation:

Considering the current state of the Padres, it’s an easy guess
that whomever CEO Jeff Moorad selects as the new GM will be lauding
Towers’ efforts for years to come . . . the Padres’ new GM will
walk into one of the most promising setups in baseball.  The Padres have only $12 million in guaranteed money
committed for 2010 after Towers unloaded Jake Peavy’s $56 million
contract.  The pitching staff was completely overhauled through the
trades of Peavy and Scott Hairston and several other minor
deals.  The 40-man roster is loaded with affordable, controllable
talent.

Wow, that is great.  So can someone please explain to me why the architect of that got fired again?

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

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.