As Sunday’s deadline looms, we can scratch another big name off the list of available players.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, right-handed starter Hiroki Kuroda told the Dodgers on Saturday that he does not intend to waive his no-trade clause this season.
The Red Sox, Yankees and Rangers were known to have serious interest, but Kuroda has a full no-trade clause in his current contract and is simply more comfortable on the West Coast.
The 36-year-old has registered a stellar 3.11 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 103/36 K/BB ratio through 133 innings this season for Los Angeles. He’s earning $12 million this year and can become a free agent in the offseason.
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.