Making official what was expected, the Cardinals announced that Adam Wainwright will start on Opening Day.
Last season Kyle Lohse got the Opening Day assignment for St. Louis, while Wainwright started Game 3 in his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery. Wainwright previously got the Opening Day nod for the Cardinals in 2009
Meanwhile, contract extension negotiations between Wainwright and the Cardinals seemingly haven’t progressed much recently, but general manager John Mozeliak said earlier this week that the two sides continue to talk.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Monday night that the Blue Jays have signed outfielder Curtis Granderson to a one-year, $5 million deal. The contract is pending a physical and includes performance incentives.
Granderson, who turns 37 years old in March, spent last season with the Mets and Dodgers, batting an aggregate .212/.323/.452 with 26 home runs and 64 RBI in 527 plate appearances. He struggled offensively after going to the Dodgers, mustering a paltry .654 OPS. He went 1-for-15 in the playoffs as well.
The Blue Jays will likely platoon Granderson in the corner outfield. His career OPS is 158 points higher versus right-handed pitchers than against left-handers.