As you’ll recall, the jury that sat in judgment of Barry Bonds could not reach a verdict on the perjury counts he faced. That meant a mistrial on those counts, which gave the prosecution the right to re-try Bonds if it so chose. Today the prosecution announced that it would decline. From the Mercury News:
Federal prosecutors, apparently satisfied with securing an obstruction of justice conviction against home run king Barry Bonds, have dropped three lingering perjury counts against him unresolved at this spring’s trial.
I think they made a wise choice here. My rooting interests in this case aside, I think they would have had an awfully difficult time getting a conviction if they went back to the well on this one. They were wise to cut their losses.
Bonds will be sentenced on the obstruction charge on December 16th. And then, of course, he will appeal that conviction. So no, it’s not quite over yet.
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.
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.