The Yankees want the Pirates to pay more than $10 million of A.J. Burnett’s salary

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We’ve been tracking the Yankees-Pirates’  talks about A.J. Burnett. The Yankees want to unload him. The Pirates, for some reason, want him.  Earlier today we heard that the Pirates were willing to absorb as much as $10 million of the $33 million still owed to Burnett over the next two years.

One would think that’s enough.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that’s not the case, though: the Yankees want the Pirates to pay even more.

Seems excessive. A.J. Burnett is not worth more than $5 million a year over the next to years to a team like the Pirates.  The Indians, by point of comparison, are paying only $5 million of Derek Lowe’s contract for 2012.  That seems to be the market for dead weight with a shred of potential, no?

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.