The A’s announced Friday that bench coach Joel Skinner, pitching coach Ron Romanick and hitting coach Gerald Perry won’t return for the 2012 season.
All three were in the first year’s on the job in 2011, though it was actually Perry’s second go-round with the A’s. Of course, all three were hired during Bob Geren’s tenure as A’s manager. Bob Melvin figures to get input on the new selections now. Melvin just got a three-year extension to stay on as Oakland’s manager.
Skinner’s star really seems to have dimmed. He was frequently talked about as a potential managerial candidate after a decent stint as an interim manager for the Indians in 2002, but the Indians passed him over for the permanent job twice and lasting just one year in Oakland won’t help him any.
The A’s also announced that first base coach Tye Waller and third base coach Mike Gallego will be invited back.
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.