Tigers re-sign shortstop Everett for one year

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Content to stick with their same shortstop situation, the Tigers have re-signed free agent Adam Everett to a one-year deal.
Everett was believed to be seeking a raise from $1 million to the $3 million range, even though he hit just .238/.288/.325 in 345 at-bats last season. The Tigers received superior production from the arbitration-eligible Ramon Santiago, who hit .267/.318/.386 in 262 at-bats, but they don’t view him as an everyday shortstop.
Everett is likely to continue logging the majority of the time at the position. He’s not when he used to be with the glove — he was almost certainly the game’s best defensive shortstop in his prime with the Astros — but he’s still clearly above average. Of course, he has to be in order to carry his bat. The 613 OPS last season was his best mark since 2006. He’s a career .245/.297/.351 hitter.
Update – FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says Everett will make $1.55 million next season.

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.