Buster Olney reports that the Padres have agreed to terms with second baseman Jedd Gyorko. Keith Law reports that it’s a six-year deal plus an option year. The deal is for $35 million with the option year going for $13 million. Escalator clauses could price the back end up.
Gyorko, 25, is beginning his second season in the bigs. In 137 career games he has a line of .242/.295/.433, which amounts to an OPS+ of 107. He would not be arbitration eligible until after the 2015 season, but apparently the Padres have seen enough of him to (a) want him long term; and (b) not want to have to deal with arbitration.
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.