UPDATE: The Dodgers-Braves trade talks have been called off as Albert Callaspo rejects a trade

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UPDATE: Welp, never mind:

 

Why? Callaspo:

There was not much of a need for him in Los Angeles and it’s possible that the Dodgers’ aim here was to simply eliminate a veteran infielder to make room for others. Easier to get some minor league talent for Uribe and then just release Callaspo, yes? Maybe Callaspo realized that and would prefer to stay in Atlanta where, one assumes anyway, the Braves will keep him on the roster at least for two more weeks when they can trade him and not require his approval.

11:03 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are talking to the Braves about a deal involving Juan Uribe and Alberto Callaspo. He said that they were close to completing a deal last night but something is holding it up. Perhaps Callaspo’s approval, given that he has the right to reject a trade before June 15 due to the fact that he just signed as a free agent this past offseason.

The Dodgers trading Uribe would give Alex Guerrero an everyday position. His bat has certainly earned it, given that he’s hitting.307/.337/.679. That will regress, however, and Guerrero’s glove doesn’t compare to Uribe’s. Uribe, of course is hitting a mere .247/.287/.309 with one home run and six RBI.

Callaspo himself isn’t hitting much this season — .206/.293/.252 — while splitting time between second and third. It’s unclear what else the Braves would have to throw into the deal to make this happen, but presumably something. For his part, Rosenthal says that there are some “lesser names” involved as well.

UPDATE: More from Rosenthal:

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.