Four teams after Bay? Really?

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Rosenthal and Morosi report that, rather than the Mets-only show it has appeared to be so far, there are as many as four teams in on Jason Bay: the Mets, Mariners, Giants
and Angels.

Not that there is any stunning movement here or anything. The FOX guys note that the Mariners have no real need or desire to go long on a corner outfielder with prospects Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley in the pipeline. The assessment of the Giants’ chances tells a less than compelling story: “it’s ‘not
impossible’ to envision them signing Bay or Matt Holliday.” The Angels don’t have an unlimited budget, and if the dish in Aaron’s last post is
to be believed, they’re spending a chunk of it on yet another expensive reliever.

We pass this all along because that’s our job here, but personally, I’m not going to believe that Bay is going anywhere but to Queens and Holliday is going anywhere but St. Louis until someone reports that serious talks are actually happening, because both Bay and Holliday’s representation have such an incentive — and in Boras’ case, a track record — of creating buzz out of wishes, gossamer and belly button lint.

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.