The Braves non-tendered right-hander Peter Moylan last month, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the two sides have agreed to a minor league contract which includes an invitation to spring training.
Moylan would make a $1 million prorated salary for time spent in the majors and could earn more with performance-based incentives.
Moylan was limited to just 13 appearances at the major-league level in 2011 after missing four months due to back surgery and a suffering a right rotator cuff injury which required season-ending surgery last September. Still, the Braves were encouraged enough by his progress to bring him back.
The 33-year-old Aussie has a 2.60 ERA over six seasons in the majors and has made 80 or more relief appearances in a season on three separate occasions.
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.