On the heels of a report that the Dodgers backed away from a deal with free agent right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma after he failed his pre-signing physical, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that the club is in talks with the Rays about a possible trade for right-hander Jake Odorizzi.
Mark Topkin, who covers the Rays for the Tampa Bay Times, wrote a short while ago that a trade is not considered imminent. However, he speculates that it could be a sign that extension talks between the Rays and Odorizzi have stalled.
Odorizzi turns 26 in March and posted a 3.35 ERA and 150/46 K/BB ratio in 169 1/3 innings over 28 starts this past season. The price tag for him would be significant, as he won’t be arbitration-eligible for the first time until next winter and is under team control through 2019. But this could be the kind of move that gets the Dodgers’ offseason back on track.