CSN New England’s Trenni Kusnierek and I were both on NBC SportsTalk last night, and each of us talked about a little bit of what doomed Bobby Valentine. Trenni correctly notes that Valentine lost control of the team. I think that happened too and was ultimately fatal to him, the gobs of losses the Red Sox piled up were way less to do with Valentine and way more to do with all of the damn injuries:This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
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.
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.