Keith Law to stay at ESPN after interviewing with Astros

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UPDATE: Two weeks after news that he’d interviewed for a spot in the Astros’ front office, Law just tweeted: “I have chosen to stay with ESPN. It was a difficult decision, and I’m very grateful to the Astros for the opportunity.”

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ESPN.com writer and former Blue Jays special assistant Keith Law recently interviewed for a job in the Astros’ front office, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Rosenthal reports that “Law met with both new club president George Postolos and general manager Jeff Luhnow, but the team has yet to offer him a position, sources say.”

Prior to joining then-general manager J.P. Riccardi in the Blue Jays’ front office Law wrote for Baseball Prospectus and he’s been with ESPN.com since 2006, focusing primarily on prospect and draft analysis.

Law would be a very interesting hire for the Astros’ new regime–and in my admittedly biased opinion, a very smart hire–although I’d miss his ESPN.com analysis, Twitter snark, and various food-related blogging.

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.