Quote of the Day: Are the Mets a mid-market club?

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“There is a sense, a real sense, that the Mets are now operating as a
mid-market club, unwilling or unable to dive in to attract the best that
money can buy, even if they most assuredly did lavish a $137.5 million
guaranteed contract on Johan Santana a couple of winters ago.”

Larry Brooks, New York Post, disparaging the Mets for — as best as I can tell — not being interesting enough for the tabloids to write about.

When LeBron James picks the Heat tonight, don’t think for a minute that avoiding getting savaged in the press for no good reason didn’t have something to do with it.

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.