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 MLB.com 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.

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.