The Dodgers are still working on finding pitching wherever they can, but are still very much interested in finding proper value either on the free agent market or in what they send out via trade.
Basically, it’s still the offseason and there’s another rumor to report.
This time, it’s Jon Morosi:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 18, 2015
We knew about the Rays trade talks, so let’s focus on Cleveland.
The names in question here are Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. Both are right-handed pitchers, which makes sense given the Dodgers southpaw-heavy rotation as it currently stands.
Also worth noting, here is that Jon Heyman has previously reported Yasiel Puig might be moved, but only for the right price. Here’s what he had to say on the topic.
Word is that the Dodgers would trade Puig, but only if they can get a good pitcher back. They are not to the point of giving him away, as he obviously has the potential he showed his first year before regressing. Their main efforts are being directed toward getting the best out of him, not trading him.
It was previously reported the Dodgers and Indians maintained trade talks way back at the Winter Meetings (which feel like forever ago, by the way) and that Puig’s name had come up. Whether those trade talks have continued with Puig as a potential asset, we don’t quite know right now.
In the same article, Heyman theorized that Puig might avoid punishment from the league as the alleged incident that occurred earlier in the offseason did not involve any actual domestic violence, which makes him exponentially more valuable than, say, Aroldis Chapman, who might face serious punishment.
That last sentence of Heyman’s report along with Clayton Kershaw’s trip to Cuba make it seem as if the Dodgers are doing whatever they can to understand how to relate to Puig.
Nonetheless, the Dodgers are certainly active as they stockpile prospects either to develop or include in a bigger deal. How the deal actually turns out, however, obviously remains to be seen.