Cubs tab Jon Lester to start Opening Day

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon has tabbed Jon Lester to start on Opening Day, The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney reports. That certainly comes as no surprise, as Lester started on Opening Day for the Cubs in 2017 and ’18, as well as 2015. When he was with the Red Sox, Lester started four consecutive Opening Days from 2011-14.

Lester, 35, finished ninth in NL Cy Young Award balloting last season, going 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA and a 149/64 K/BB ratio across 181 2/3 innings. The veteran lefty is entering the fifth year of his six-year, $155 million contract and will earn $22.5 million in 2019.

The Cubs open the regular season with an interleague match-up in Texas against the Rangers on March 28.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.