Diamondbacks, Lyle Overbay close to agreeing on one-year contract

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The Diamondbacks offered a one-year contract to free agent first baseman Lyle Overbay last week and general manager Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com earlier today that he is optimistic the deal will eventually get done.

“I would say it’s progressing well, but it’s not done,” D-backs GM Kevin Towers said. “Everything looks good, although it’s not a done deal. I’m cautiously optimistic. We still have some things that we have to work through that we’re still working through, but nothing’s really changed. My gut is he’ll still end up coming here.”

Overbay, who turns 35 in January, batted .234/.310/.360 with nine home runs, 47 RBI and a .670 OPS over 440 plate appearances this season between the Pirates and Diamondbacks. He was released by Pittsburgh in May and posted an .840 OPS over 18 games with Arizona down the stretch. He would likely serve as a backup to young slugger Paul Goldschmidt next season.

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.