Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that the Rangers and 1B/OF Ryan Rua have avoided arbitration, agreeing on an $870,000 salary for the 2018 season. Rua was eligible for arbitration for the first of four seasons.
Rua, 27, hit .217/.294/.333 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 144 plate appearances last season. He has been underwhelming offensively since debuting in 2014. His roster spot is anything but cemented, so he’ll vie for a spot on the Rangers’ bench in spring training.
The Rangers’ other arbitration-eligible players include pitchers Keone Kela and Jake Diekman, and infielder Jurickson Profar.
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.