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Rangers trade Yu Darvish to the Dodgers

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Update #2 (4:39 PM ET): The other two prospects are pitcher A.J. Alexy and infielder Brendon Davis, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Alexy, 19, was selected by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2016 draft. He’s the Dodgers’ No. 16 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. In 73 2/3 innings across 19 starts with Single-A Great Lakes, the right-hander posted a 3.67 ERA with an 86/37 K/BB ratio.

Davis, 20, was selected by the Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. He’s the Dodgers’. No. 27 prospect, per MLB Pipeline. Between Great Lakes and High-A Rancho Cucamonga, Davis has hit .241/.350/.403 with nine home runs and 43 RBI in 400 plate appearances. He has played second base, third base, and shortstop in his professional career, logging a majority of his playing time at shortstop.

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Update (4:33 PM ET): One of the three prospects the Rangers are receiving from the Dodgers is 2B/OF Willie Calhoun, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Calhoun, 22, was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. He’s the club’s No. 4 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. This season, with Triple-A Oklahoma City, he’s hitting .298/.357/.574 with 23 home runs and 67 RBI in 414 plate appearances.

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers traded starter Yu Darvish to the Dodgers just before Monday’s 4 PM ET non-waiver trade deadline. We should be hearing about the Rangers’ return soon.

Darvish, 30, has a 4.01 ERA with a 148/45 K/BB ratio in 137 innings across 22 starts this year for the Rangers. He’s owed the remainder of his $11 million salary and can become a free agent after the season.

Darvish had a limited no-trade clause, but the Dodgers were not one of the 10 teams on his list.

This is obviously a huge get for the Dodgers, who lead the NL West by 14 games. The starting rotation has been anything but healthy and reliable, and Darvish will help provide both stability and production.

Mets trade Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers

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The Mets traded centerfielder Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers for cash considerations or a player to be named later, the teams announced late Friday night. Granderson was rumored to be drawing interest from teams earlier in the week, and found a landing place after slashing .256/.360/.721 since the start of the month. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers designated right-hander Dylan Floro for assignment to clear roster space for the outfielder.

As a whole, the 36-year-old’s 2017 campaign has been a tad underwhelming. Granderson entered Saturday batting .228/.334/.481 with 19 home runs and an .815 OPS through 395 PA, and accrued 1.7 fWAR to the 5.1 fWAR he produced during his pennant-winning, MVP-contending season in 2015. Still, with under $4 million remaining on his contract, another 20+ homer season around the corner and the defensive chops to man center field, it looks like a prudent deal for the Dodgers as they continue to bulldoze their way to the playoffs this fall.

The club has yet to outline their plans for Granderson, but his addition to a crowded outfield could displace centerfielder Joc Pederson, who turned in a meager .214/.329/.415 batting line through 292 PA in 2017. It could also have ramifications for fellow veteran Andre Ethier, assuming he’s healthy enough to compete for a starting role when he comes off the 60-day disabled list in September. The Mets, meanwhile, are expected to lean more heavily on rookie outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who’s made just five starts this season after struggling to get consistent playing time on the field.

Corey Kluber exits game with right ankle sprain

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Indians’ right-hander Corey Kluber was removed from the sixth inning of his start on Friday night, bringing a streak of 14 starts with 8+ strikeouts to an unfortunate end after he sprained his right ankle. Kluber stumbled off the mound while trying to field a base hit from Eric Hosmer and was seen visibly limping as he moved to cover first base. He was allowed to stay in the game for one more batter, but quickly yielded a three-pitch single to Melky Cabrera and left the mound with head athletic trainer James Quinlan.

It was a poor ending to another strong outing by the right-hander, who delivered 5 1/3 innings of one-run, four-strikeout ball and took his 12th win of the season after the Indians amassed a nine-run lead. Postgame comments by Cleveland skipper Terry Francona suggest that Kluber isn’t facing a serious setback after sustaining the sprain, however, and might even be good to go by the time his next start comes around on Wednesday.

While the Royals escaped Friday’s loss without injury, the 10-1 drubbing pushed them 6.5 games back of the division lead and half a game behind the Twins and Angels for the second AL wild card berth. They’ll host a rematch on Saturday at 7:15 ET, with left-hander Jason Vargas set to face off against Indians’ righty Trevor Bauer.