Royals owner David Glass says he’ll spend for pitching

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I sorta feel like I’ve heard this a million times before, and yet the Royals pitching never gets better. Oh well, here’s a million and one: Royals owner David Glass says that the team will spend money in order to fix its pitching problems:

“Exactly how we’re going to do it, or what is going to be available, I don’t have any idea right now. But we’ll have a plan in place (going into the offseason). We know we need to improve this team for next year. This starting pitching is going to get better.”

Not sure why that made me think of this, but it did:

Anyway, there are not a lot of game-changing starting pitchers available out there this winter, though it’s not likely Kansas City could attract them even if there were.  But there are some solid pitchers available — guys like Anibal Sanchez and the like.  The Royals might have to spend more than some other teams to get such beasts, but if they want to stabilize the pitching staff and make a run in a weak division, that’s what they gotta do.

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.