Dodgers talking to free agent starter Jake Peavy

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The Dodgers just traded starting pitcher Dan Haren to the Marlins in a multi-player swap and are now ready to spend some money to fill the vacancy.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the the new-look Los Angeles front office has been “talking to free agent starting pitchers, including Jake Peavy” about joining an LA rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. And prospect Andrew Heaney, acquired from Miami for Haren and Dee Gordon, could be ready to contribute in a big way by the early part of the summer.

Peavy found new life this past season after the July 26 trade that sent him from Boston to San Francisco, posting a 2.17 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 58/17 K/BB ratio across 78 2/3 innings for the Giants.

The 33-year-old right-hander obviously likes pitching in the National League West.

Bryce Harper is on paternity leave

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Several years ago, Bryce Harper made news when it was revealed that he thought the word “meme” was pronounced “may-may.” That may be my favorite Bryce Harper moment ever.

As it was announced by the Phillies a little while ago that Harper has been placed on paternity leave, I’m wondering if he pronounces the word “baby” “bébé.”

I wouldn’t think less of him if he did, actually. One of my favorite people in the world does that.

Anyway, congratulations to Bryce Harper on becoming a dad. And it’s good news not just for him but for the Phillies and their fans as well. Why? Because as Bill noted earlier this week, Harper seems to hit better when he’s being taunted and mocked. For now that’s not very important, as the child won’t be talking for some time. As a father of teenagers, I can tell you that eventually the little monsters live to disrespect their dear old dads. If Harper’s current motivational patterns hold, by the time that kid is ten Harper will be winning the dang Triple Crown every year.

But again, congratulations to the Harpers.