Jason Isringhausen is changing his mind on that retirement thing

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Late in the season Jason Isringhausen said that he was leaning toward retirement.  Jon Heyman reports, however, that he has decided to come back for another year and that three teams are interested in him at the moment.

He could be useful, I suppose. Despite 16 years and 1008 innings on the odometer, Isringhausen was at least moderately useful last season, throwing 46 innings with a 4.13 ERA. He walked a lot of guys, though, so one figures that any deal he gets won’t be a big one and won’t be for a late innings job.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.