Gene Lamont breaks Jim Leyland's toe

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Baseball Prospectus’ Russell Carleton wrote a column last week called “Why All Third Base Coaches Should be Fired.”  The reason: as a group they’re way, way too timid in sending runners home on fly outs.  If that’s not bad enough, Jim Leyland now has another reason to fire his third base coach:

While defeating the coaching twosome of Lloyd McClendon and Rick
Knapp on the golf course Monday, and going up 2-0 for the spring, Jim
Leyland and Gene Lamont had a mishap. One Leyland still felt Tuesday. Lamont drove the cart over his foot — and broke Leyland’s right little toe.

Between that and Jason Heyward busting the assistant GM’s sun roof, yesterday was a good one for career-limiting behavior. Maybe someone will slug a guy today.

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.