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Mariners sign Carlos González

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Seattle Mariners have signed veteran outfielder Carlos González to a minor-league deal with an invite to big league spring training. If he makes the big league team he’ll make $750,000.

González, 34, was played for the Indians and Cubs in 2019. He posted a poor .558 OPS with the Tribe across 30 games and was released by Cleveland in late May. His fortunes didn’t improve with Chicago, as he posted a meager .606 OPS in 15 games on the North Side.

I suppose both of those teams, and now the Mariners. still see the three-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award winner, and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner that González was in Colorado. When you have that kind of track record you get a lot of chances, but one has to assume that if he can’t make the M’s or, at the very least, have a very strong spring training, that his playing days will be over.

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.