The Yankees are interested in the Braves’ top prospect, Jose Peraza

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George King of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have told the Braves that they’re interested in their top prospect, infielder Jose Peraza. They’re scouting him as well.

Peraza, who is playing second base for the Braves’ Triple-A club, is actually a natural shortstop. He’s got the keystone, however, due to the fact that the Braves have the best defensive shortstop in the free world in Andrelton Simmons. Peraza’s bat would play anywhere, of course, as he hit .339/.364/.441 across high-A and Double-A last season. This at age 20. He stole 60 bases last year as well and 64 in the Sally League the year before.

Why on earth the Braves would consider trading him is an utter mystery. And King does nothing to suggest that they’d be at all amenable to trading him. In light of that, I’d place this in the category of player coveting, which is a particularly New York thing. Kind of like when people used to ask why Brian Cashman hadn’t traded for Felix Hernandez yet because, obviously, everyone should want to give their best players to the Yankees.

I suppose that with the Yankees struggling that covetousness in the fan base and, by extension, the media which serves the fan base, will now start shifting from other teams’ stars to other teams’ prospects.

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.