Joba Chamberlain has been contacted by “more than a dozen teams”

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Joba Chamberlain’s career has gone off the rails after a promising start, but it appears that plenty of teams are interested in taking him on as a reclamation project.

Chamberlain was mishandled early in his career with the infamous “Joba Rules” and hasn’t been the same since returning from Tommy John surgery and an ankle dislocation, posting a 4.74 ERA in 67 relief appearances over the past two seasons. His control was the big issue this year, as he averaged a career-high 5.6 BB/9. Still, he’s only 28 years old and his velocity is still there, so it’s no surprise that multiple teams are targeting him as a buy-low flier.

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.