Garrett Jones reportedly drawing trade interest

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Joe Frisaro has the scoop in his latest entry at MLB.com’s Fish Pond:

The Marlins have yet to officially announce the free agent signing of Michael Morse, but already the club has received calls from teams interested in Garrett Jones.

Morse’s arrival gives the Marlins some flexibility regarding Jones, who suddenly becomes available. Miami may decide to keep Jones, and use him as a left-handed bat off the bench, either at first base or in right field.

But most likely Jones will be dealt, and there are teams who have expressed interest, MLB.com has learned.

Jones, a left-handed hitter, boasts an .811 career OPS against right-handed pitching and he’s not all that far removed from his impressive .832 OPS, 27-homer 2012 campaign with the Pirates. The 33-year-old first baseman is due $5 million in 2015. He can then become a free agent.

With so many clubs seeking power this winter, Jones could fetch the Fish some legitimate talent.

Justin Bour can serve as the lefty complement to the right-handed Morse next season in Miami.

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Opening Day
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.

Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.