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Marlins trade Cameron Maybin to the Mariners

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The Marlins have traded outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Mariners. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald was the first to report that he was being traded. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported the full deal. The Marlins will receive a player — not yet identified — and international bonus pool money in exchange.

Maybin, on his second tour of duty with the Marlins, is hitting .251/.338/.343 with three homers and eight stolen bases on the year. He’s being paid $3.2 million for the entire season, so the third or so of that that’s remaining is not too big a burden.

Guillermo Heredia has been playing center most of the season, but his bat has been a liability and he really profiles more as a fourth outfielder than a starter. Maybin will take over and, in all likelihood, provide an upgrade.

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.