Busy White Sox re-sign Mark Kotsay for one year, $1.5 million

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General manager Ken Williams has been busy, as usual.
In addition to reportedly acquiring Mark Teahen from the Royals for Chris Getz and Josh Fields, the White Sox announced this afternoon that they’ve re-signed Mark Kotsay to a one-year, $1.5 million deal.
Acquired from the Red Sox for Brian Anderson in late July, the 33-year-old Kotsay hit .292/.349/.434 in 127 plate appearances for the White Sox while drawing starts at first base and all three outfield spots.
Kotsay figures to be used in a similar capacity in 2010, likely serving as the team’s fourth outfielder, backup first baseman, and left-handed bat off the bench, but his exact role depends on the other moves that Williams has up his sleeve this offseason. Kotsay has struggled to stay healthy and is no longer capable of regularly playing center field defensively, but he’s a useful piece to have around and should be able to hit .275 or so with a decent on-base percentage and minimal power.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman not considering demoting struggling Greg Bird

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.

GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”

Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.

Chris Archer threw behind Jose Bautista

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Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.

Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.

The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.