The Dodgers are talking to the Indians and Rays about acquiring a starter

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On the day that the guy they thought they were signing — Hisahshi Iwakuma — signed with the Mariners, the Dodgers are working the phones in an effort to get another starting pitcher.

Jon Morosi of Fox reports that the Dodgers are “engaged in ongoing trade talks” with both the Indians and the Rays. Morosi says that the Dodgers are looking to acquire either Carlos Carrasco or Danny Salazar from the Tribe or Jake Ordorizzi from the Rays.

There are a lot of teams who would be interested in one of the Indians’ starters but it has been unclear if Cleveland was willing to deal any of them. If they do, the price will likely be considerable considering that both under team control for the next five years. Carrasco on an insanely team-friendly long-term deal. Ordorizzi hasn’t been mentioned in many rumors so far this winter.

If the Dodgers don’t pick up a starter? Hey, aces back in the 1970s pitched, like, 45 games a year. Kershaw could pull that off, right?

The Cubs will try to clinch the NL Central on Tuesday

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The Cubs soundly defeated the Cardinals on Monday night, 10-2, sending their magic number down to one. They will try to clinch the NL Central on Tuesday with another win against the Cardinals. Alternatively, if they lose, they can still clinch if the Brewers also lose on Tuesday.

The Cubs, of course, won the Central last year en route to winning their first World Series since 1908. It wasn’t nearly as easy this year as the club was below .500 entering June and was exactly at .500 entering July. A 16-8 July, 17-12 August, and 15-8 September have helped put the Cubs back in position to return to the postseason.

Not to be forgotten, the Cardinals were eliminated from NL Central contention with Monday’s loss. Now they have their sights set on the second NL Wild Card slot and currently trail the Rockies in that race.

The matchups for Tuesday’s action:

Carter Capps to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Carter Capps will undergo surgery this offseason to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which doctors believe caused the right-hander’s blood clots. The Padres hope to have him ready by spring training next year.

Capps, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and didn’t debut this season until August 7. He made 11 relief appearances, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He went back on the DL on September 12 due to the blood clot issue.

The Padres acquired Capps from the Marlins last July in the Andrew Cashner trade which ended up having a lot of moving parts. Capps will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. It’s quite possible the Padres choose to non-tender him.