Mariners pass on Jon Garland

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Jon Garland earned eligibility on his opt-out clause today, which forced the Seattle Mariners to decide whether or not to add him to the starting rotation. GM Jack Zduriencik said he couldn’t commit to giving Garland a spot in the rotation, according to Ryan Divish on Twitter. More from Divish:

In 12 spring innings, Garland had posted a 2.25 ERA, but the Mariners may not have been encouraged by his allowing more walks than strikeouts (five to four). Already with a surfeit of contestants for spots in the back of the rotation, the Mariners will use the remaining week-plus to make a final decision.

Blake Beavan, Erasmo Ramirez, Brandon Maurer, and Jeremy Bonderman are still fighting it out for a big league job.

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.

Ervin Santana gets Opening Day nod from Twins again

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Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.

The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.

Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.