Reds GM Walt Jocketty declines to discuss expiring contract

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Reds general manager Walt Jocketty’s four-year contract is up after this season, but Mark Sheldon of writes that he “bristled” when asked about his future with the team and declined to discuss the topic:

I don’t want to talk about my situation. It’s like any other contract. I don’t like talking about it. It’s not for public consumption. It’s not worth commenting on it.

Sheldon notes that Jocketty typcially refuses to publicly discuss contract matters regarding players, so taking that same stance about his own situation may not mean anything. Of course, he did speak somewhat openly recently about the team’s $12 million option on Francisco Cordero for 2012.

Cincinnati has taken a big step backward this season, going from a division-winning 91-71 last season to third place at 71-76 this year, but Jocketty is only about 10 months removed from winning executive of the year honors and it’s hard to imagine the Reds’ ownership not wanting him back.

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.