Chip Hale tabs Zack Greinke to start Opening Day for the Diamondbacks

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Today in unsurprising news: Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale appeared on MLB Network Radio and announced that new starter Zack Greinke will take the hill on Opening Day, per Jim Bowden.

It was just a formality, as who else could start Opening Day for them other than the man they signed to a six-year, $206.5 million contract last month? The D-Backs also acquired Shelby Miller this offseason in a trade with the Braves, but he’s yet to put up stats in Greinke’s echelon.

During the 2015 regular season, Greinke went 19-3 with a major league leading 1.66 ERA along with a 200/40 K/BB ratio over 222 2/3 innings. In the postseason, he yielded five runs in two starts spanning 13 2/3 innings versus the Mets in the NLDS, a series the Dodgers lost in five games.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.