Reds acquire Willie Bloomquist from Royals, leaving a utility man-sized hole in Dayton Moore's heart


He won’t be eligible for the playoffs and will be a free agent in three weeks, but the Reds have acquired Willie Bloomquist from the Royals for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Cincinnati is almost surely giving up basically nothing to bring in a utility man for the final 20 games, but I’m sort of shocked that Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore would let him go. Presumably he plans to re-sign Bloomquist this offseason, but I worry about Moore’s ability to live without him for even a few weeks.
Bloomquist has tons of defensive versatility and good speed, but he’s hitting his usual .265/.296/.388 in 181 plate appearances while everyone with the Royals and far too many people in the local media act as if he’s actually a good player.
Among all active players with at least 2,000 career plate appearances Bloomquist has the seventh-lowest OPS, ahead of only Juan Castro, Cesar Izturis, Adam Everett, Nick Punto, Willy Taveras, and Alex Cora.

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.