Pedro Martinez beginning to draw some interest

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Where’s Pedro? Perhaps back in the big leagues at some point soon.

Pedro Martinez, the biggest-name free agent pitcher still on the table
— with apologies to Tom Glavine – is finally starting to draw some
interest.

On Thursday, reports out of Tampa Bay and the Dominican Republic said that a representative of the Tampa Bay Rays watched Martinez throw.

Later, the Boston Globe added
that the Cubs were also at the workout, and that both teams had “begun
to at least explore how much money it would take to lure Martinez back
to the mound.”

Money will be the key, of course. Martinez pitched well in the World
Baseball Classic, and hoped for at least $5 million. No one bit, so
Martinez waited.

Thursday’s Globe report claimed that Martinez threw his fastball at
around 94 mph in his workout, which seems remarkable even if he only
threw a few pitches. This makes me wonder though: are the Rays and Cubs
looking at Pedro as a reliever? That might be a way to save his arm and
keep him healthy throughout the season.

Hyun-Jin Ryu will open season in Dodgers’ rotation

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.

Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.

With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.

Jorge Soler diagnosed with strained oblique, Opening Day in doubt

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Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.

When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.