The Dodgers are talking to the Indians and Rays about acquiring a starter

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On the day that the guy they thought they were signing — Hisahshi Iwakuma — signed with the Mariners, the Dodgers are working the phones in an effort to get another starting pitcher.

Jon Morosi of Fox reports that the Dodgers are “engaged in ongoing trade talks” with both the Indians and the Rays. Morosi says that the Dodgers are looking to acquire either Carlos Carrasco or Danny Salazar from the Tribe or Jake Ordorizzi from the Rays.

There are a lot of teams who would be interested in one of the Indians’ starters but it has been unclear if Cleveland was willing to deal any of them. If they do, the price will likely be considerable considering that both under team control for the next five years. Carrasco on an insanely team-friendly long-term deal. Ordorizzi hasn’t been mentioned in many rumors so far this winter.

If the Dodgers don’t pick up a starter? Hey, aces back in the 1970s pitched, like, 45 games a year. Kershaw could pull that off, right?

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.