Wandy Rodriguez can't lose

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FSN-Houston’s Greg Lucas on Wandy Rodriguez’s upcoming arbitration with the Astros:

Rodriguez doesn’t lose no matter what
the decision is. He made about $2.6 million in 2010. No wonder an awful lot of
baseball owners rue the day they agreed to arbitration to settle contract
disputes. The players always win. The owners offer raises-in Wandy’s case almost
doubling his salary–but may have to pay even more if the arbitrator rules
such.

The scoreboard may show the owners “winning” a decent percentage of
the actual arbitrator’s decisions, but they still pay out more money than they
had the year before.

Darn employees wanting raises! Why I, Greg Lucas, have made the same salary since the day I was hired to grease the Linotype machines with whale fat at the gone but not forgotten Houston Press-Picayune-Tattler back in Nineteen-dickety-six!

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.