The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing today

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The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing earlier today, according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. This is significant because it was the first arbitration hearing of the year in MLB.

Ohlendorf became arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason as a “Super Two.” He filed for $2.025 million and was offered $1.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The 28-year-old right-hander went 1-11 with a 4.09 ERA over 21 starts last season and served separate stints on the disabled list due to injuries to his shoulder and back.

The three-person panel of arbitrators will choose one salary or the other and are expected to announce a decision tomorrow. Ohlendorf’s injuries and unlucky win-loss record aren’t going to help his cause, but it’s no stretch to say that the Princeton graduate probably made a pretty good case for himself.

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.