The Rangers are interested in Carlos Beltran, K-Rod

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It’s only about a month or so until the trade deadline — at least the one that doesn’t require waivers — so I suppose we should crank up the Rumor-a-tron 3000. Here’s Heyman:

rangers interested in beltran as well as k-rod … Could be big trade partner for mets

I have this feeling a big bidding war is going to erupt for Beltran. So many teams are having trouble scoring runs. So few teams are shopping useful bats.  The Mets could clean up here — compared to other deadline deals for big money bats who are poised to hit free agency anyway — if they play their cards right.

As for Francisco Rodriguez: I suppose he’d be certain not to reach his games finished incentive if he goes to the Rangers, what with Neftali Feliz closing, so crazier things have happened.  Still, he’s expensive for a setup man, so I’d be more surprised to see him moved, at least absent the Mets kicking in serious dough.

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.