Marlins to interview Nationals third base coach Bo Porter

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For the second year in a row Bo Porter will try to convince the Marlins to hire him as manager.

Last year Florida chose Edwin Rodriguez over Porter, who then took a job as Washington’s third base coach, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Marlins have received permission from the Nationals to interview him again next week.

Porter also interviewed for the Nationals’ job and the Pirates’ job last year, and there’s still an outside chance Washington general manager Mike Rizzo could decide to promote him rather than keep Davey Johnson as manager in 2012.

Or as Rizzo said last week: “I want what’s best for Bo. I certainly wouldn’t stand in the way of a managing job if he wasn’t the manager here.”

And of course Ozzie Guillen’s situation may ultimately determine how the Marlins replace Jack McKeon.

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.