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Report: Dodgers in talks with Rays about Jake Odorizzi

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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.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.