Bourjos, Gennett, Asher switch sides as opening day nears

Bourjos, Gennett, Asher switch sides as opening day nears

March 28th, 2017 by Associated Press in National Sports

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Alec Asher warms up during a spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees in Tampa, Fla. The Baltimore Orioles have added another starting pitcher, acquiring right-hander Alec Asher from the Phillies on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, for a player to be named or cash. The 26-year-old Asher was 2-7 with a 5.88 ERA in 12 big league starts for the Phillies in 2015 and 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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Speedy outfielder Peter Bourjos and infielder Scooter Gennett were among the players on the go Tuesday as big league teams tweaked their rosters less than a week before opening day.

The Tampa Bay Rays added some depth by get Bourjos from the Chicago White Sox for cash or a player to be named.

The 29-year-old Bourjos hit .251 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 123 games with Philadelphia last season. He signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on Jan. 30 and batted .313 in 19 spring training games.

Cincinnati claimed Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers, giving the Reds another option at second base and a utility player off the bench.

Gennett grew up in Cincinnati and will make $2,525,000 this season. The 26-year-old hit .263 with a career-high 14 homers and 56 RBIs last season, but the Brewers decided to go with Jonathan Villar at second base.

In another move, the Baltimore Orioles added another starting pitcher, acquiring right-hander Alec Asher from the Phillies for a player to be named or cash.

The 26-year-old Asher was 2-7 with a 5.88 ERA in 12 big league starts for the Phillies in 2015 and 2016. He served an 80-game suspension for steroid use last season, when he went 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in five starts.

"Good, young arm with options," manager Buck Showalter said. "I think the plan is for him to come to camp with us and see if we can work him in for an outing. ... He's had some challenges he's gotten behind."

There was a noon Tuesday deadline for teams to make decisions on players who became free agents and agreed to minor league contracts, and several were given formal notice they will be added to 25-man rosters by opening day. Among them were White Sox catcher Geovany Soto, Angels right-hander Yusmeiro Petit, San Diego shortstop Erick Aybar, San Francisco third baseman Aaron Hill and Toronto catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia

In addition, teams paid $100,000 retention bonuses to six players with minor league contracts so they could keep them: Baltimore power hitter Pedro Alvarez; Kansas City right-hander Peter Moylan, Dodgers righty Brandon Morrow and Toronto right-hander Mat Latos.

The Rays agreed to pay the $100,000 getting Bourjos. Tampa Bay also paid the bonus earlier this month to right-hander Tommy Hunter, whose contract had a March 15 deadline for the decision.

Several familiar names were released, including Atlanta right-handers Kris Medlen, Baltimore outfielder Michael Bourn, Minnesota right-hander Ryan Vogelsong and Phillies catcher Ryan Hanigan. Teams can re-sign released players if they want to, avoiding the $100,000 retention bonus.

In games across the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues:

ORIOLES 5, BRAVES 4

Baltimore starter Wade Miley gave up one run in four innings, Pedro Alvarez had a two-run single and Caleb Joseph got two hits.

Jaime Garcia allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings for Atlanta. Freddie Freeman went 2 for 2 with an RBI.

ASTROS 7, MARLINS (ss) 3

Houston ace Dallas Keuchel gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings. Brian McCann hit a two-run homer, Jose Altuve had an RBI double and Yuli Gurriel and Marwin Gonzalez each had two hits.

Miami's Edison Volquez allowed three runs on eight hits over five innings. Giancarlo Stanton hit his second homer of the spring,.

TWINS 1, RAYS 0

ByungHo Park homered and is hitting .362 with 10 RBIs in 47 spring at-bats. Nick Tepesch gave up three hits and a walk over four scoreless innings for Minnesota.

Tampa Bay's Chris Archer threw three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out four. Logan Morrison and Daniel Robertson both went 2 for 3 - the 23-year-old Robertson has a six-game hit streak and is batting .550 during that span.

CARDINALS 3, METS 3, 9 INNINGS

Adam Wainwright gave up three runs on five hits with no walks over five innings for St. Louis. Matt Adams homered and had three hits and Jhonny Peralta got two hits. Matt Carpenter went 0 for 2 and is hitless in his last 11 at-bats with five strikeouts.

Robert Gsellman gave up three runs on five hits with six strikeouts in six innings for the Mets. Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer and Yoenis Cespedes got two hits and made a leaping catch at the wall.


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