Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians still have interest in free agent right-hander Jeremy Bonderman, but only on a minor league deal.
The Indians have also been connected to veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood, but Hoynes writes that they naturally aren’t willing to give him the one-year, $4 million contract he desires.
Bonderman, 28, went 8-10 with a 5.33 ERA over 171 innings with the Tigers last season. He has a lowly 5.19 ERA since the start of the 2007 season. A minor league deal sounds about right.
If Bonderman is signed, he would presumably compete with Jeanmar Gomez, Josh Tomlin, David Huff and Anthony Reyes for the final spot in the starting rotation. That’s one mighty intimidating group.
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.
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.