Report: Mets request permission to interview Al Avila

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According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, the Detroit Free-Press reports that the Mets have requested permission to interview Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila for their general manager vacancy. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com mentioned Avila as a possibility earlier this week.

Avila has worked under Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers since 2002, but has also spent time as a special assistant to then-Pirates GM Dave Littlefield and as director of scouting with the Marlins. He has interviewed for general manager positions with the Reds, Orioles, Mariners and Diamondbacks and was a finalist for the job which went to Jack Zduriencik in October of 2008.

Call me cynical, but this sure feels like the Mets simply fulfilling their obligation to consider a minority candidate before hiring who they really want.

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.