The Dodgers are interested in Joaquin Benoit

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This would make a lot of sense for the Dodgers:

Why San Diego would balk at that I have no idea. They are not poised to be competitive with L.A. any time soon so that whole “in the division” thing wouldn’t figure to be much of an issue. Also worth noting that the Padres’ current GM-by-committee and the shelf life of relief pitchers means that no one would be likely to live long in their current positions if such a trade were to happen.

Or, perhaps, it’s just leverage by the Padres to try to get the Dodgers to overpay.

Odúbel Herrera dealing with strained left hamstring

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Phillies center fielder Odúbel Herrera is dealing with a slight strain of his left hamstring, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Herrera apparently had been dealing with some discomfort in that area starting a couple weeks ago and underwent an MRI.

Herrera, 27, is coming off a 2018 season in which he took a step back. He hit slightly below the league average at .255/.310/.420 with 22 home runs and 71 RBI in 597 plate appearances. He is entering the third year of his five-year, $30.5 million contract signed back in December 2016.

Herrera is slated to be the club’s starting center fielder once again. In the event his hamstring issue lingers, Roman Quinn would slide into the starting role. One wonders, though, if a less-than-100-percent Herrera might further entice the Phillies to go after free agent outfielder Bryce Harper.