Why wouldn’t the Orioles trade Jeremy Guthrie?

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It seems like Orioles’ starter Jeremy Guthrie has been a named candidate for a midseason trade since sometime during the Nixon administration. And he fits the bill: a good starter but no ace, playing for a team that isn’t going anywhere and not yet expensive.  Heck, a lot of teams would like to have someone like that.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun does not think Guthrie will be traded, however. It’s just a little tidbit buried in his notes column this morning, but it’s Zrebiec’s view that the O’s will keep him, either until this winter or maybe even until next season’s trading deadline.

Zrebiec’s take on the state of the O’s is almost always a good one and a smart one. I wish he’d explain this a bit more here, however, because I don’t quite get why Baltimore wouldn’t shop him (of if he has explained so in the past and I have just missed it, I’d ask that someone point me to his reasoning).  Because Guthrie is the archetypal midseason trade bait, no?

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.