Report: Victor Martinez to Red Sox

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Oh-boy.

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Here’s the big one. According to a post on Twitter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today says:

The Red Sox are about to acquire Victor Martinez from Indians.

– Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse confirms the Nightengale report citing a source that says a Martinez deal “looks good.”

In a post to Twitter, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Indians wanted a major-league ready pitcher in return for Martinez, “so gut is that Buchholz must be in this.”

– Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com
writes, “the Red Sox did not include either right-hander Clay Buchholz
nor right-hander Daniel Bard in the deal, according to a source.”

We’re slowly piecing this deal together, as Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports that LHP Nick Hagadone, a 2007 sandwich-pick, and RHP Justin Masterson would be part of the trade.

Jon Heyman of SI.com writes that the deal has been agreed to and that Buchholz is not in it.

Update: Nightengale, the original source, says the deal is done. Martinez is headed to Boston.

Oh-boy.

Here’s the big one. According to a post on Twitter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today says:

The Red Sox are about to acquire Victor Martinez from Indians.

– Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse confirms the Nightengale report citing a source that says a Martinez deal “looks good.”

In a post to Twitter, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Indians wanted a major-league ready pitcher in return for Martinez, “so gut is that Buchholz must be in this.”

– Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com
writes, “the Red Sox did not include either right-hander Clay Buchholz
nor right-hander Daniel Bard in the deal, according to a source.”

We’re slowly piecing this deal together, as Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports that LHP Nick Hagadone, a 2007 sandwich-pick, and RHP Justin Masterson would be part of the trade.

Jon Heyman of SI.com writes that the deal has been agreed to and that Buchholz is not in it.

Update: Nightengale, the original source, says the deal is done. Martinez is headed to Boston.

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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.