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Nationals designate Jeremy Guthrie for assignment

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The Nationals designated right-hander Jeremy Guthrie for assignment on Sunday, per a team announcement. Guthrie made his first start of the season during Saturday’s 17-3 loss to the Phillies, but couldn’t make it out of the first inning. He issued four walks and 10 runs in 2/3 of the first inning, recording two outs on run-scoring sacrifice flies.

It’s an unfortunate end to Guthrie’s run with the Nationals and may be the end of his major league career as well. The 38-year-old righty hasn’t pitched more than an inning since 2015, when he worked a 5.95 ERA, 2.7 BB/9 and 5.1 SO/9 over 148 1/3 innings for the Royals.

With a vacant spot on the roster and Joe Ross still several days away from returning to the rotation, the Nationals selected the contract of Triple-A right-handed reliever Matt Albers. Albers has not logged any official playing time in Triple-A Syracuse yet, but impressed in spring training with three walks and six strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

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The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.

Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ruling that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law

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The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.

In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.

The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.

This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.