The Orioles signed Aaron Laffey

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He’s not Grant Balfour, but when you’re the Orioles the real test is whether the guy can pass the physical:

 

Not exactly the sort of starting pitching splash O’s fans were hoping for, but he’s basically free. Best case: 5th/emergency starter. Likely case: organizational depth and that guy you call up when you’ve had three bullpen heavy games in a row and need a mopup dude at the ready. Worst case: he pitches like he did last year and is released in March.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.