The Padres are in on Noah Lowry

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Noah Lowry headshot.jpgThe Padres are among the teams that have interest and have requested medical records for free agent left-hander Noah Lowry.

Lowry, 29, has a 4.03 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 106 major league games (100
starts), but hasn’t thrown a pitch in the bigs since 2007 due to
procedures on his forearm, elbow and rib. His agent
Damon Lapa won’t take any offers for Lowry before a throwing session for interested parties later this month,
but sees the Padres as a good fit:

“I think it’s safe to say Noah would be open to the possibility of
pitching for the Padres,” Lapa said. “… San Diego would not be a
difficult sell for us.”

As well he should. Lowry surely saw what pitching in Petco Park did for
his friend and former teammate Kevin Correia after the Padres inked him
to a minor league contract last winter. For a pitcher who’s looking to
get his career back on track, there’s few better landing spots than San
Diego.

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

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The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.

Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ruling that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law

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The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.

In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.

The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.

This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.