MLB investigating leak of financial documents

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In news that should come with little surprise, Major League Baseball is quite upset about Monday’s leaking of the financial documents of various teams and is looking for the source that gave up the information. 

As noted by Richard Sandomir of the New York Times, access to teams’ financial records is usually limited to the MLB commissioner’s office, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and accounting firms Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  All five of those outlets will be investigated thoroughly.

Pirates principal owner Bob Nutting, who was found to have scored major profits in the midst of losing seasons, has not spoken up about the matter.  But Marlins president David Samson has, calling the leak a “a breach of fiduciary obligation and duty by the leaking party” on ESPN.com.

Even if Pirates fans are treating the whole mess with apathy, this isn’t over.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.