MLB approves Dodgers’ three bidders; auction set for next week

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MLB owners unananimously approved the three remaining bidders for the Dodgers on Tuesday, clearing the way for a private auction to take place next Wednesday.

Expectations are that Frank McCourt and his advisers will negotiate with the three bidders in the days leading up to the auction.

The three bidders left are Steve Cohen (whose group includes agent Arn Tellem), Stan Kroenke (who owns the St. Louis Rams and is a majority shareholder in Arsenal) and Mark Walter (whose group includes Magic Johnson and former Braves president Stan Kasten).

Each of the current bids is in the $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion range, but those amounts include the parking lots surrounding Dodger Stadium, which McCourt has said are not for sale.

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.