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?
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.