Just two days before Christmas, the Los Angeles Dodgers are still in discussions on two major names. Jon Morosi has had frequent updates on the Dodgers’ alleged interest in Corey Kluber and Nick Castellanos. Moreover, that interest is still very ongoing and active.
Morosi takes to twitter to report the Dodgers are in talks with the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers.
Sources: #Dodgers continue discussing Corey Kluber with #Indians and also are interested in #Tigers outfielder Nick Castellanos, on whom the price tag is high. Latest story: https://t.co/IpStB5CGB6 @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 23, 2018
With Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp changing area codes, a name like Castellanos makes a bit more sense than it did a week ago. However, Morosi mentions the asking price is ‘high’. Equally important – Justin Turner is the current incumbent third baseman of the Dodgers.
Where would a player like Castellanos play for the Dodgers? He has 172 career games in the outfield to his credit. The Dodgers are no stranger to using some versatility in a player – but Castellanos is far from a slick fielding outfielder. Still, would he be worse than a recent name like Scott Van Slyke? He would not. Castellanos would likely hit enough to provide value that his glove counteracts.
Moreover, the more interesting name is still Corey Kluber. One significant piece in the rumored package to Cleveland just went to Cincinnati in Yasiel Puig. Indeed, Alex Verdugo and more would be on the move if the Dodgers could pull together a package for Kluber.
It will remain interesting over the next few days as you open your gifts to see if the Dodgers provide one of their own to the fan base. The trade phones are as warm as Santa’s sleigh.
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