Frank McCourt is MIA

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So says T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times.  McCourt hasn’t been around the team’s offices, Simers says, has no comments on any baseball moves and has not been handling the day-to-day operations of the club.  Simers doesn’t say how different than this is from previous offseasons (though he does suggest, in his T.J. Simersish fashion that it is, in fact, different), but for a guy whose financial future depends on a court saying that he’s THE owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, you’d think he’d at least try to look busy or something.

The real question of course — and one it would be nice to have McCourt around to answer — is whether the current pleas of poverty by McCourt mean that the Dodgers are going to do anything this winter except give raises to their arbitration eligible players.

Assuming they can even do that.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.