Irwin Raij appears to be a crackerjack sports lawyer. Really: his bio is littered with major accomplishments counseling major league sports teams. If I had one percent of his juice back when I was practicing I would have made partner and cared about my business more and never would have started this blog. So when I say this, it’s not to denigrate his skills in any way whatsoever. Just to offer a suggestion:
Irwin, really: as time continues to drag on, you may want to consider playing down the top item on your bio. I mean, dude: you got new ballparks built for two teams with no fans. That’s huge! But the A’s/San Jose thing? Well, at some point, being part of a three-man committee that has taken nearly two years to consider a relatively straight-forward question isn’t exactly the most colorful feather in your cap.
Seriously Irwin, if you read this: you’re awesome, and I don’t suspect for one minute that it’s your committee holding up the works here. You gotta convince your client to let you release the report that I know you were able to knock out in about ten minutes with your eyes closed, because this is getting silly and the A’s are suffering because of it.
(thanks to reader jkcalhoun for the heads up)
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
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.