Ricky Romero is the Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter

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Blue Jays manager John Farrell announced this morning that Rickey Romero will start on Opening Day.  Only twelve more and he’ll be a Hall of Fame candidate!

Seriously though, I like Romero. He faces tons of tough lineups in that division and, partially because the Jays get less coverage than just about any decent team in the game, he may be one of the more underrated young starters in the game. Not saying he’s fantabulous or anything, but he is underrated. One of those guys who can dominate in any given start even if he isn’t consistently dominant. I tend to really like guys like that.

Ian Kinsler signs a two-year deal with the Padres

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Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Kinsler is signing with the San Diego Padres on a two-year, $8 million deal.

A surprising multi-year deal for Kinsler, who will turn 37 next season, but it’s a pretty low financial outlay for the Padres. An understandably low one following a year in which Kinsler hit just .240/.301/.380 with 14 home runs and 16 stolen bases for the Angels and Red Sox. He can still pick it at the keystone, however, taking home Gold Glove honors there last season. He’ll turn 37 next June.

Kinsler will likely bump Luis Urias from second to short until top prospect Fernando Tatis, Jr. is called up to San Diego, at which point one presumes Urias will then, in turn, bump Kinsler off of second base into a bench role, at least if Urias performs. Given that Kinsler will not make much money on this deal, it’s not something the Padres are likely to sweat.