Yet Johnny Cueto continues to walk the streets, a free man

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Here’s a pressing and important debate in today’s Post-Dispatch that in no way is designed to enflame the passions of Cardinals fans angry at Johnny Cueto. The headline: “LaRue’s out, Cueto’s in: Is that fair?”

While the contours of the actual debate which follow are reasonable enough, the headline just slays me. The obvious implication being that a player’s punishment in cases like Cueto’s should match the injuries suffered by their victims and if you disagree, well, you had better explain yourself.

I say we just go one step further and make things totally fair. Jason LaRue is out for the season with concussion?  Hold Cueto down and beat him in the head until he too is concussed.

Like all rules, baseball’s new “eye-for-an-eye” discipline system would have its tough cases — who among us would have felt comfortable putting Carl Mays to death for his transgression? — but justice must be firm and swift in such matters if fairness is to be ensured.

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.