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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 10: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Chicago White Sox during batting practice before the game against the Houston Astros at U.S. Cellular Field on June 10, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago White Sox won 4-1.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Adam LaRoche pitched a scoreless inning of relief last night


With the White Sox losing in a rout to the Yankees last night, Adam LaRoche got a chance to pitch for the first time in his major league career. And he was pretty good too, retiring the side in order.

You can watch the video here, which isn’t embeddable for some reason. LaRoche needed just 12 pitches to get through the frame. He got Stephen Drew on a pop up and John Ryan Murphy on a ground out before striking out Brendan Ryan swinging.

The Ryan at-bat was especially entertaining, as LaRoche tried to throw a “LaLob” pitch (hat-tip to Mike Ferrin for the video) in honor of his dad, former major league left-hander Dave LaRoche. It didn’t make it to the plate. However, he recovered and threw an 85 mph fastball past Ryan for the strikeout. Even Ryan had to smile through it all.

Oh, and by the way, LaRoche also had four hits. Quite a night for him.

Brendan Ryan rejoins Yankees’ infield mix after injury

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Brendan Ryan is off the disabled list and back on the Yankees’ active roster after missing the first two-plus months of the season with a strained calf muscle.

Ryan remains an excellent defensive infielder and could potentially steal some playing time from struggling shortstop Didi Gregorius, but he’s hit .167, .197, and .194 in the past three seasons and hasn’t topped a .650 OPS since 2009.

Gregorius has hit .260 versus righties compared to .181 versus lefties, so manager Joe Girardi could form a quasi-platoon platoon at shortstop.

Yankees acquire infielder Gregorio Petit from Astros

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From the official Twitter account of the Houston Astros …

Petit hit .278/.300/.423 with eight doubles and two home runs in 100 plate appearances last season for the Astros. He wasn’t going to make their Opening Day roster out of spring training, but the versatile 30-year-old infielder could be of immediate use to the Yankees, who just lost defensive whiz Brendan Ryan to a right calf strain. Petit has appeared in 27 games at shortstop, 16 games at second base, and 12 games at third base in parts of three major league seasons. He was signed out of Venezuela by the Athletics back in 2001.

Yankees plan to platoon Didi Gregorius and Brendan Ryan

Didi Gregorius

OK, so it turns out new acquisition Didi Gregorius won’t be Derek Jeter’s replacement. He’ll only be Derek Jeter’s replacement about two-thirds of the time.

General manager Brian Cashman said on WFAN radio in New York that the plan is to platoon the left-handed-hitting Gregorius, sitting him versus left-handed pitching in favor of the right-handed-hitting Brendan Ryan.

Gregorius has definitely struggled versus lefties, hitting just .184 off them, but it’s only 180 total plate appearances and he’s only 24 years old. Plus, while Ryan does hit from the right side of the plate he doesn’t really “hit” from the right side of the plate, batting just .208 with a .556 OPS off lefties from 2012-2014.

Thought experiment: How many MLB teams would wipe the slate clean?

CC Sabathia AP

Baseball news is slowing down for Thanksgiving and for some reason this idea randomly popped into my head while on Twitter, so I figured I’d ask it here: How many MLB teams, if given the option, would say yes to being taken off the hook for all guaranteed contracts currently on their books?

In other words, all or nothing. Wipe the slate clean. Every player signed for guaranteed money is no longer on your team and you’re no longer responsible for their contract. You get to keep all players not signed to specific, non-minimum salaried contracts, which means pre-arbitration eligible players basically.

For instance, my beloved Twins would wipe six players off their books: Joe Mauer, Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Glen Perkins, Kurt Suzuki, and Mike Pelfrey. Hughes would hurt a lot, since he was great in 2014 and is reasonably priced, but Mauer, Nolasco, and Pelfrey would be easy calls to jettison. Overall the Twins would probably be better off with a clean slate.

Another example is the Yankees, who’d be wiping these players off their books: Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner, Martin Prado, Brendan Ryan, Chris Young. Obviously some of those would hurt, but as a whole the Yankees would seemingly jump at that chance to wipe the slate clean.

Which other teams would do the same?