Report: Padres, Garland agree to terms

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UPDATE: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal has the financial details: Garland will earn $4.7MM in 2010 and can earn $6.75MM on a mutual option for 2011. The option has a $600,000 buyout.
5:25pm: Padres president Tom Garfinkel said Tuesday that the Padres have signed free agent Jon Garland. The terms of the deal were not available.
It’s a surprising move from an organization that seemed unlikely to spend the money to add a significant free agent this winter. Garland was certainly seeking to match or exceed the $7.25 million guarantee he received from the Diamondbacks last winter. The 30-year-old right-hander will continue his tour of the NL West after going11-13 with a 4.01 ERA for Arizona and the Dodgers.
Garland joins a rotation set to include Kevin Correia and Chris Young, if healthy. Clayton Richard has the clear edge on another spot, so there might be just one opening available for top youngster Mat Latos, Sean Gallagher and Tim Stauffer.

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.