Ken Griffey Jr. wants to play another year

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No sense yet if the Mariners feel the same way:

“If it works out for both sides, I’m fine,” Griffey told The Associated Press before the Mariners opened a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night. “We’ll figure it out at the end of the year. We’ve still got 30 days.”

As Rob Neyer noted yesterday, Griffey has been a drag on the Mariners offense this season, and at his age and with his health, there is no reason to suspect that he could do any better next year.

The article mentions that Griffey’s people and the Mariners are having talks of some kind, but I can’t help but think the Mariners are only pursuing them out of deference to a guy who will be wearing their cap when he enters the Hall of Fame.  All due respect to a wonderful guy who has had a wonderful career, but if Seattle brings him back, they’re simply not serious about wanting to win baseball games.

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.