Indians acquire reliever Esmil Rogers from Rockies

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Esmil Rogers’ mid-90s fastball failed to produce results in Colorado, so he’ll get a fresh start in Cleveland after being picked up in return for cash considerations Tuesday.

Rogers was previously designated for assignment on Satursday.

A full-time reliever for the first time, the 26-year-old Rogers struck out 29 in 25 2/3 innings for the Rockies, but he walked 18 and amassed an 8.06 ERA in the process. Last year, he had a 7.05 ERA in 13 starts and five relief appearances.

Still, Rogers’ right arm is tantalizing, which is why the Rockies stuck with him for so long. He’s averaged 96.1 mph with his fastball this year, making him one of the game’s hardest throwers. If he can start getting ahead with his heater and tighten up his slider some, he could yet become an excellent reliever.

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.