Blue Jays accept infielder Brad Emaus back from Mets

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The Mets selected infielder Brad Emaus from the Blue Jays in last December’s Rule 5 Draft and were set on giving him regular looks at second base when the 2011 regular season opened.

Emaus batted just .162 with a .424 OPS across 42 plate appearances, however, and was designated for assignment by New York earlier this week.

Now he’s back with Toronto.

According to beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the 25-year-old Emaus passed through waivers without drawing much attention from other major league clubs and was returned to the Blue Jays on Thursday evening for a $25,000 fee.

Emaus was assigned to Triple-A and will act as organizational infield depth. Quite a change in three weeks.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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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.

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.