Jose Contreras is not retiring


42-year-old Jose Contreras was trying to pitch his way onto the Rangers’ roster in March, but ultimately fell short. The right-hander posted a 10.50 ERA in six innings in the Cactus League, which led the Rangers to inform him in mid-March that he wasn’t making the team. That was the final leg in the veteran’s 11-year big league career, or so we thought.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Contreras is not retiring. In fact, he is looking for opportunities in Japan while pitching in Mexico.

It’s unlikely that Contreras will pitch in the Majors again, but stranger things have happened. In five innings at the big league level with the Pirates last season, Contreras allowed five runs on seven hits and six walks in five innings.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.