Last we heard, the Reds had tabled long-term negotiations with second baseman Brandon Phillips due to differing opinions on his market value.
And it seems not much has changed.
Reds GM Walt Jocketty told MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon on Tuesday that the team isn’t any closer to locking up Phillips, who is currently on track to become a free agent after the 2012 World Series.
“Hopefully in the next few weeks, it’s something we can address,” said the Cincinnati general manager.
Phillips, 30, batted .300/.353/.457 with 18 home runs, 38 doubles and 82 RBI in 674 plate appearances last season for the Reds while playing his usual brand of elite-level defense at second base. He told reporters back in late-September that he would not be offering the Reds a “homeboy hookup” in long-term talks.
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.