Craig Calcaterra

Carlos Carrasco

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


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?

Dan Otero traded to Cleveland

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The Phillies traded reliever Dan Otero to the Cleveland Indians for cash. That’s always gotta feel good when you’re the player in that deal. Of course it’s not like the Phillies were that invested in him given that they just acquired him via waivers in early November.

Otero, 30, has a career 12-6 record with one save and a 3.46 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 108/29 in 158 relief outings. All but 12 of his games came with the Oakland A’s, for whom he’s pitched since 2013. His rookie year was spent with the Giants.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Indians designated outfielder Jerry Sands for assignment. He once was thought of as a prospect in the Dodgers organization. Which probably said more about the state of the Dodgers minor league system a few years back than it said about Sands. Still: he has a great name. If the baseball doesn’t work out he could become a Las Vegas nightclub performer in the 1960s, somehow.


The Pirates sign Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year deal

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The Pirates just announced that they have signed Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year contract.

Vogelsong struggled for the San Francisco Giants in 2015, going 9-11 with a 4.67 ERA while splitting time between the pen and the rotation. He had a K/BB ratio of 108/58 in 135 innings.

Vogelsong, 38, pitched for the Pirates from 2001 through 2006, relieving more than he started. Before that he was with the Giants. I’m beginning to detect a pattern here.