Breaking: Pete Rose is sorry

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Pete Rose pops up every couple of months to say this, and far be it from me to ignore it when he says it again:

“I think anybody that knows me knows that I’m very sorry. I understand the mistakes I made. There’s some people that will never give you a second opportunity. That’s fine. I can understand they feel that way.”

That comes in an interview with the Associated Press.  You’ll be surprised to learn that these comments come just in time for a documentary about Rose’s life and times, premiering on Friday.

I’m not sure why people keep asking him about this stuff. While Rose lied his head off for years, I don’t think there’s much else he can do now to show that he’s sorry. Nor should we expect him to. Nor should we feel obligated to do anything for him even if he has shown contrition. He’s just, I don’t know, any other ex-player now. I’m surprised he still gets the attention he does.

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.