Chad Cordero signs minor league contract with Angels

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We’ll go ahead and let the 30-year-old right-hander break his own news:

Cordero has logged only 14 innings in the major leagues since the end of the 2007 season and did not pitch at any level in 2012. But he is over the shoulder issues that have plagued him and ready for another shot. The former first-round pick of the Expos posted a 1.82 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 74 1/3 frames with the Nationals in 2005 while leading the league with 47 saves. He owns 128 career saves and a 2.89 career major league ERA.

Cordero will report to minor league camp with the Angels, according to MLB.com beat writer Alden Gonzalez, and will not be in the running for a spot in Anaheim’s Opening Day bullpen.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

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.