Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Cody Ross wants a three-year, $25 million deal, which perhaps explains why his contract talks with the Red Sox didn’t lead to a new deal before free agency.
Don’t get me wrong, Ross is a solid player coming off a solid season. However, last offseason his market was so underwhelming that he had to settle for a one-year, $3 million deal from the Red Sox.
He was coming off a weak season, so that obviously played a big factor, but consider that Ross’ career numbers include a .262 batting average and .783 OPS. This season he hit .267 with an .807 OPS. So he was more or less the same hitter he’s been for his entire career. Nine months ago he signed for $3 million. Now he wants (and may very well receive, who knows) $25 million.
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.