The Diamondbacks expect to sign Martin Prado to a long term deal

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Getting Martin Prado as part of the Justin Upton deal was clearly important to the Dbacks. Maybe more important than we first realized:

 

Prado has requested $7 million in arbitration this year, so his long-term deal will likely be around $10 million a year? A bit more?  I like Prado as a player, but that seems awfully high to commit to a guy with his track record who will be 30 when he hits free agency.  Prado’s value has always been his versatility and hoe solid he is. That’s great when you’re team-controlled.  It’s not so great when you start making eight figures a year. For that, you need more upside than Prado has ever shown.

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.