Phillies hire HOFer Bruce Sutter as minors consultant

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According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Hall of Fame reliever Bruce Sutter has been hired by the Phillies as a minor league pitching consultant.  His man objective will be to assist in the evaluation of the staffs at Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Whether it translate to the young athletes he will be working with, Sutter, 57, certainly knows a thing or two about pitching success.  He owns a 2.83 career ERA, a 1.14 career WHIP, and, if saves are your thing, 300 of those as well. 

A right-hander known for his dominant split-fingered fastball, he won a Cy Young award in 1979 and finished in the top six of Cy Young voting four other times.

Sutter pitched for the Cubs, Cardinals and Braves over 12 professional seasons stretching from 1976-1988.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006 and owns one of 10 retired numbers at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium.

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.

Ervin Santana gets Opening Day nod from Twins again

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Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.

The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.

Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.