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Report: Rockies sign Matt Holliday to minors deal

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Retirement may not be in the cards for Matt Holliday after all. Four months after signing on with MLB Network Radio as an analyst, the 38-year-old outfielder/DH is heading back to the Rockies on a minor league deal, MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reported Saturday. The team has yet to officially announce the signing, as it’s currently pending a physical, but The Athletic’s Nick Groke adds that the veteran outfielder is expected to report to Triple-A Albuquerque once the deal is official.

Holliday hasn’t appeared in the major leagues since 2017, when he slashed .231/.316/.432 with the Yankees on a one-year, $13 deal. His best days, however, came with the Rockies back in the late 2000s; over five seasons in Colorado, he batted a cumulative .319/.386/.552 with 128 home runs, a .938 OPS and 20.2 fWAR.

It’s not clear exactly how the club intends to utilize Holliday this year. He split time between first base and DH with the Yankees last season and was predominantly used as a corner outfielder during his eight-year campaign with the Cardinals. Assuming the Rockies elect to keep him out of the mix with Gerardo Parra, Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Noel Cuevas once he gets called up, he might provide some pop off the bench as a pinch-hitter — especially if he can replicate the 19 home runs and .748 OPS he generated in 2017.

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.