Rangers ink Scott Feldman to three-year extension

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Scott Feldman throwing.jpgThe Rangers have signed right-hander Scott Feldman to a three-year, $13.325 million contract extension, reports Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. The contract includes a $9.25 million club option for 2013, or a $600,000 buyout.

Feldman and the Rangers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2,425,000 contract in January, however it was overwritten by the new deal, which covers all three of his arbitration years. The 27-year-old will make $2.425 million in 2010, $4.4 million in
2011 and $6.5 million in 2012.

Feldman enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2009, finishing 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 34 games (31 starts). Though he made for a really nice story, the reality is that he posted an underwhelming 113/65 K/BB ratio over 189 innings, all the while surviving with a largely unsustainable .275 batting average against.

In other words, don’t be surprised to see him pitch like a No. 3 starter during the length of this contract. Still, that’s probably a pretty nice bargain given the small price tag.
 

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.