Dodgers uninterested in trading Billingsley for Halladay?

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billingsley2.jpgWhile Dodgers GM Ned Colletti was unwilling to mention anyone by name, he did attempt to defuse some of the Roy Halladay rumors in a conversation with the L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez on Monday:
“We would like to improve our pitching, especially starting pitching. I don’t believe we can subtract from it in order to improve it.”
It’s been assumed that Chad Billingsley was the bait the Dodgers were using in their pursuit of Halladay, but if that’s not the case, a deal seems especially unlikely. If Billingsley isn’t in play, then Clayton Kershaw certainly isn’t, and the Dodgers don’t have an elite pitching prospect with which to tempt the Jays.
A package involving outfielder Andrew Lambo, shortstop Dee Gordon and young right-handers James McDonald and Josh Lindblom would be impressive, but given their payroll concerns, a deal built around Billingsley would seem to make the most sense for the Dodgers.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.