Report: Dodgers in talks to acquire Reds closer Aroldis Chapman

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Somebody just woke up the Dodgers.

It’s been a slow offseason so far for the richest team in baseball, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that they are suddenly in talks with the Reds for fireballing closer Aroldis Chapman.

He’d presumably take over the ninth inning in Los Angeles, with Kenley Jansen moving into a setup role. That’s sure to irk Jansen, who is entering his walk year. But let’s not get too far ahead here.

Chapman is the most dominant reliever in baseball, boasting a 2.17 ERA and 546 strikeouts in 319 career major league innings. He is owed $8.05 million in 2016 and can then become a free agent.

You’d have to think the Dodgers would try to explore an extension with the 27-year-old left-hander, especially if they’re going to give up multiple top prospects.

Chapman was a starting pitcher in Cuba, so that’s something to think about too.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.