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Report: Dodgers talking to the Rays about Erasmo Ramirez

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The Dodgers have talked to the Rays about pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. With a slew of ailing pitchers, the Dodgers are on the prowl for starting pitching help.

While Ramirez has made only one start and 30 relief appearances for the Rays this season, the Dodgers believe he could pitch four or five innings if needed. The right-hander currently sports a 3.75 ERA with a 36/12 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings.

Ramirez, 26, is earning $2.375 million this season. He’ll have three more years of arbitration eligibility before being eligible to hit free agency after the 2019 season.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.