Terry Collins and the Mets are talking contract

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It’s been assumed for a while now that the Mets would bring back Terry Collins as manager next season and sure enough Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides are engaged in contract talks.

According to Rosenthal general manager Sandy Alderson is traveling with the team in Cincinnati and is expected to meet with Collins to hammer out the details.

Collins has a 222-257 (.463) record in three seasons as Mets manager, including 71-84 this year. Alderson has previously stressed that the front office’s evaluation of Collins extended beyond wins and losses, and certainly the roster he’s been working with was never particularly impressive even before being wrecked by injuries this season.

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.