Blue Jays acquire Giovanny Urshela from the Indians

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The Blue Jays announced on Wednesday that the club acquired infielder Giovanny Urshela from the Indians exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

The Indians activated Urshela from the 10-day disabled list and then designated him for assignment on Friday. He hasn’t played in the majors this year, but did appear in 11 games for Triple-A Columbus. He hit .324/.405/.532 in 42 plate appearances.

Urshela’s major league numbers aren’t quite as impressive, owning a .587 OPS in 453 PA, but he can play all four infield positions. He’ll provide depth at Triple-A for the Jays.

Roger Clemens will be an analyst for ESPN on opening day

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Roger Clemens will be an analyst for ESPN when the defending World Series champion Houston Astros host the Chicago White Sox on opening day.

Clemens made four appearances on last year’s KayRod Cast with Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. He will be stepping in on March 30 for David Cone, who will be doing the New York Yankees opener against the San Francisco Giants on YES Network.

“Roger has been sort of a friend of ours for the last year, so to speak, he’s in. He’s been engaged, knowledgeable and really present,” said ESPN Vice President of Production Phil Orlins. “You know, whatever past may be, he’s still tremendously engaged and he really brought that every time he was with us.”

Clemens was a seven-time Cy Young winner but his career after baseball has been tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use. He is a Houston native and pitched for the Astros for three seasons.

Orlins said that with the rules changes and pitch clock, it is important to have a pitcher in the booth with Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez.

“We don’t feel like we have to have the dynamic of Eduardo with a pitcher, but we certainly think that works. Throw in the added factor of rule changes and it is better to have a batter-pitcher perspective,” Orlins said.

Orlins did not say if this would open the door for future opportunities for Clemens as an ESPN analyst.