A’s demote Dan Straily to Triple-A

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Not so long ago Dan Straily looked to be establishing himself as a long-term member of Oakland’s rotation, but after failing to make it out of the fifth inning in back-to-back start the A’s demoted him back to Triple-A.

Straily is 24 years old with a 1.79 ERA and 102/25 K/BB ratio in 85 innings at Triple-A, so he doesn’t have a whole lot more to prove in the Pacific Coast League at this point. He allowed just nine total homers in 28 starts between Double-A and Triple-A, but Straily is an extreme fly-ball pitcher and has served up 17 homers in 19 starts with the A’s.

All those homers have led to a 4.58 ERA as a big leaguer, but Straily has posted a solid 85/36 K/BB ratio in 106 innings while holding opponents to a .238 batting average. Expect him to be back in the A’s rotation soon enough.

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.