Rays 'close' to getting Milton Bradley from Cubs

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs “are close to trading Milton Bradley” and “all indications are that he’ll be going to Tampa Bay.” Bradley has been linked to the Rays for quite a while now, with rumors swirling around various versions of a potential Bradley-for-Pat Burrell swap of unwanted contracts.
It’s unclear whether Burrell is actually involved at this point, but presumably the Rays would need to shed his contract before bringing in Bradley. Nightengale also notes that the Cubs will “try to sign either Mike Cameron or Marlon Byrd” once they trade Bradley. Cameron or Byrd in center field with Alfonso Soriano in one outfield corner and a Burrell-Kosuke Fukudome platoon in the other would make some sense.

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.