GM says Angels are “very, very unlikely” to sign Ryan Madson

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There have been surprisingly few teams linked to Ryan Madson since his reported four-year, $44 million deal with the Phillies fell through.

That led to some speculation that the Angels might make a run at him, but general manager Jerry Dipoto told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that signing Madson is “very, very unlikely.”

Dipoto added that “what I’ll say with some degree of certainty is that our most significant acquisitions have already been made” and “closer has never been the real priority” because they’re comfortable with Jordan Walden in the role.

Walden blew a league-high 10 saves as a rookie, but also threw 60 innings with a 2.98 ERA, 67/26 K/BB ratio, and .223 opponents’ batting average. Right now he’s slated for ninth-inning duties, with Scott Downs and LaTroy Hawkins setting him up.

And Madson’s search for a contract anywhere near his almost-deal with the Phillies continues.

 

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.