Torre to make decision on retirement around Labor Day

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Dodgers manager Joe Torre told reporters on Saturday afternoon that he will make an announcement about his future sometime after Labor Day.  Torre, who turned 70 in early July, is weighing whether to retire or continue his role as Los Angeles’ skipper.

Torre said that he still enjoys managing and is “very comfortable” in his current role, but does not want to make a decision and cause a distraction before the Dodgers’ playoff hopes have gained a little more clarity.  For now, the club is nine games back of the Padres in the National League West and 6.5 games back of the Giants in the hunt for the Wild Card.

It’s been a disappointing season to say the least, but the Dodgers have a great young nucleus of talent and that job will draw some major candidates if Torre does decide to leave.

The veteran skipper has a 2305-1972 managerial record.  He won six pennants and four World Series titles with the Yankees but has not led another team that far.  The Torre-led Dodgers lost in last year’s NLCS to the Phillies.  It appears they will miss the playoffs this season.

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.