The Phillies “batted around” the idea of a Roy Halladay extension, but dropped it

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Roy Halladay’s shoulder issues this past season scuttled what could have been a lucrative contract extension to keep him in red pinstripes beyond 2013. Jayson Stark reports:

“I guess it’s still possible,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “But a lot has to do with how he feels and how he performs. So that’s a decision and a conversation that would probably have to go into the spring, and maybe into the season.”

The conversations they did have were about getting him to an annual salary in Cliff Lee territory — around $24 million. As of now he’ll pitch for $20 million in 2013 with the team holding a $20 million option for 2014.  At this point however the Phillies are probably well-advised to wait and see what Doc’s health looks like over the next season before committing any further.

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.