Rays claim Chase Whitley off waivers from Yankees

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Dropped from the 40-man roster by the Yankees, right-hander Chase Whitley has been claimed off waivers by the Rays.

Whitley logged 95 innings for the Yankees during the past two seasons, posting a 5.02 ERA and 76/23 K/BB ratio split between the rotation and bullpen, but underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in May and likely won’t be ready to pitch until midseason.

At age 27 and coming off a major injury he lacks upside, but Whitley has a good minor-league track record that includes a 2.89 ERA and 178/60 K/BB ratio in 196 innings at Triple-A and looks capable of being a useful back-of-the-rotation starter or middle reliever.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.