Three weeks ago the Rays named Alex Cobb as their Opening Day starter, but now he’s going to begin the season on the disabled list. Their new Opening Day starter will be Chris Archer, who threw 195 innings with a 3.33 ERA and 173/72 K/BB ratio last season.
Cobb, Drew Smyly, and Alex Colome are all injured, so the Rays’ rotation will be patched together early on. They’re hoping that Cobb will return in mid-April.
Archer will be the first pitcher other than David Price or James Shields to start Opening Day for the Rays since 2007.
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.