MLB.com reports that the Oakland A’s have reached out to free agent second baseman Jason Kipnis.
Kipnis, who turns 33 in April, hit .245/.304/.410 with 17 home runs, 65 RBI, seven stolen bases, and 52 runs scored over 121 games with the Indians last season, which was the final year of his six-year, $52.5 million deal. That’s well off his former All-Star pace — and it’s hard to gauge those 17 homers in the juiced ball era — but he could still have something left in the tank.
Either way, it’s worth noting that the top of the A’s depth chart at second base right now features Franklin Barreto, who made only 58 unimpressive plate appearances in 2019, so Kipnis might make a lot of sense for the A’s.
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.