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Report: Blue Jays sign David Phelps to one-year, $2.5 million deal

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The Blue Jays have signed pitcher David Phelps to a one-year contract, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. Phelps will earn $2.5 million in 2019 and his contract includes a club option for 2020, the value of which depends on the number of appearances he makes this season, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Phelps, 32, underwent Tommy John surgery in March. As a result, he likely won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. The right-hander became a mostly full-time reliever in 2016 with the Marlins, finishing with a 2.28 ERA in 86 2/3 innings. Phelps showed more dominance out of the bullpen in 2017, finishing with a 3.40 ERA with 62 strikeouts and 26 walks in 55 2/3 innings between the Marlins and Mariners.

When Phelps is healthy, the Blue Jays will likely use him in high-leverage situations leading up to closer Ken Giles.

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.