Rockies reportedly turned down Jed Lowrie for Chris Iannetta

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Chris Iannetta has been linked to the Red Sox for a while now, in part because they need catching help both short and long term and in part because the Rockies don’t seem to appreciate what they have in a 27-year-old backstop with an .808 career OPS.
However, according to Peter Gammons the Rockies aren’t that eager to deal Iannetta because they turned down the Red Sox’s offer of Jed Lowrie for him. Which they should have, of course. Lowrie hasn’t been healthy since 2008 and wasn’t as good as Iannetta even back then, so they clearly aren’t close to equally valuable properties now.
With that said, unless the Rockies decide to deal Iannetta before then it sure seems likely that the Red Sox will make a more serious run at him this offseason once Victor Martinez hits the open market.

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.