Dodgers reliever George Sherrill goes unclaimed on waivers

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As expected, George Sherrill has cleared waivers after the Dodgers made him available to any team willing to absorb the rest of his $4.5 million salary.
For now he remains in the Dodgers’ bullpen, allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning yesterday, but they’re free to remove him from the 40-man roster and demote him to the minors. Sherrill can refuse the minor-league assignment, but doing so would mean forfeiting about $2 million and … well, that’s not going to happen.
Acquired from the Orioles just before last season’s trade deadline for prospects Josh Bell and Steve Johnson, he posted a 0.65 ERA in 27.2 innings down the stretch for the Dodgers.
However, he struggled in the playoffs, allowing four runs in 4.1 innings while walking four and uncorking three wild pitches, and the 33-year-old left-hander has a 7.48 ERA and ugly 12/17 K/BB ratio in 21.2 innings this season.

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.