The Red Sox designate Scott Schoeneweis for assignment

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Schoeneweiss Sox.jpgThe Red Sox told Scott Schoeneweis that he was being designated for assignment after last night’s game, ending his tenure in Boston. The actual move will come this morning, so the ten-day period during which the team has to trade him, release him or place him on waivers begins today.

It’s never a good thing to be kicked off the 40-man roster but, as many have noted, it’s a tougher thing for Scott Schoeneweis on this day. Why? Because today is the one-year anniversary of his wife’s death.  I don’t think you can expect the Red Sox or anyone else to not make these kinds of moves when they are necessary — almost every day was a bad day for someone — but this one has to sting particularly bad. The best you can say of it is that at least Schoeneweis will have a chance to be with his family today, which is how he’s viewing it:

“It’s nothing personal. It’s more difficult for me because it’s tough
for my kids. Tomorrow is going to be a difficult day for me and my
family anyway. But I guess everything happens for a reason, and I’ll be
home for them and for me. There are worse things, obviously, and I’ve
been through all that. We’ll be alright.”

Good luck to Schoeneweis. Here’s hoping, left arm willing, he turns up someplace else soon.

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.