One of the assumptions about the Giants heading into the winter was that they were going to basically keep the roster together, and that included re-signing Angel Pagan. But you know what they say about those who assume. From Buster Olney:
The San Francisco Giants have been talking with Angel Pagan, but aren’t sure they want to give him as many years as he wants in his next deal…
Probably just posturing — it’s hard to see how the Giants don’t basically reassemble their 2012 roster for 2013 — but it’s not like there are a shortage of veteran outfielders out on the market right now.
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.