White Sox look to bring Godzilla to Chicago

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According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the White Sox have “emerged as serious contenders” to sign free agent Hideki Matsui.
Even though Matsui posted an 876 OPS last season, won World Series MVP honors and brings in millions of dollars in revenue just by being himself, the Yankees have seemingly made no push to bring him back. It’s left the Angels and now perhaps the White Sox to step in and sign him to fill DH duties.
That Matsui is no longer capable of playing the outfield regularly does serve to limit his options. He might be the best pure DH going right now, but several AL squads already have the role filled and most of the rest don’t want to spend millions on a one-dimensional player. The Angels would surely prefer someone who is an option in the outfield once in a while, but they might be willing to overlook that for Matsui. The White Sox are used to carrying a pure DH in Jim Thome, and they may well present the best fit for Matsui if they can come up with the money for him.

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.