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.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.