Looks like the Brewers are rebuilding

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The Brewers aren’t good and it doesn’t seem like additions such as Juan Francisco and the eventual return of Corey Hart will make much of a difference. Which led Brewers GM Doug Melvin admitted to Michael Hunt of the Journal-Sentinel that it’s time to rebuild:

While not prepared to concede the division to the Cardinals and the Reds with two-thirds of the season to play, general manager Doug Melvin gave a general idea of the direction Monday when he told me, “If we make any more trades this year, it’s going to be for two or three years from now instead of now.

“I’m not going to be trading any young players to win games.”

Of course there aren’t a lot of old players worth anything to trade for young players either.  Still, this sounds like the right approach for a Brewers team with no real chance to compete with the Cardinals, Reds or the Pirates. And who are behind the Cubs when it comes to rebuilding.

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.