Brewers and Indians work out a deal for Rule 5 pick Chuck Lofgren

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Yesterday several Rule 5 picks were sent back to their original teams, but the Brewers worked out a deal with the Indians for Chuck Lofgren to remain in the organization without being on the big-league roster all season.
In exchange for being able to keep Lofgren and, just as importantly, demote him to the minors immediately, Milwaukee shipped 25-year-reliever Omar Aguilar to Cleveland.
Had the two sides not been able to work out a deal the Indians would have had the option of taking Lofgren back for $25,000 (half the original $50,000 fee paid to draft him) or simply letting the Brewers keep him.
Lofgren was once a highly thought of prospect, but the 24-year-old left-hander hit a roadblock after advancing past Single-A. Combined between Double-A and Triple-A he’s 23-25 with a 4.74 ERA in 378 innings. Aguilar is a similar story, thriving in the low minors before posting a 7.71 ERA in 23 games at Double-A last season.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.