With the annual winter meetings underway, a lot of rumors have been circulating in regards to the Dodgers.
The most recent, and likely the biggest piece of news to come out is that the Dodgers are still talking with the Indians about a potential deal surrounding two-time Cy-Young winner, Corey Kluber.
Sources: Corey Kluber trade talks have intensified. #Dodgers are among the teams involved. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 10, 2018
LA has been linked with Kluber all offseason, so this doesn’t really come as much of a surprise. Last month, it was reported that the Indians would be interested in Yasiel Puig if a potential deal were to be completed.
On top of showing interest in Puig, Cleveland is interested in LA’s top prospect, Alex Verdugo.
Source: #Indians interested in #Dodgers OF Alex Verdugo as part of Corey Kluber trade talks. Cleveland is looking for outfield bats, and Verdugo is the Dodgers' top prospect, according to @MLBPipeline. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 10, 2018
Verdugo, 22, has appeared in 52 games over the last two seasons with the Dodgers. Though a small sample size, he has hit .240 with two homers and five RBI. With a crowded outfield, Verdugo has struggled to establish himself on the big-league roster so far.
Kluber, 32, has been one of the best pitchers in the American League since 2014. He’s won the Cy Young twice, and finished in the top 3 four separate times. In 2018, he went 20-7, with a 2.89 ERA. He had 222 strikeouts in 215 innings.
On top of being one of the better pitchers in the game, Kluber has arguably one of the more team friendly deals in all of baseball. He is signed through 2022, and making an average of only $17 million a year. For a pitcher of his caliber, that is a bargain.
The next bit of news once again doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but the Dodgers are still keeping an eye on second-baseman DJ LeMahieu.
#Dodgers showing continued interest in free agent 2B DJ LeMahieu, source says. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 10, 2018
This news was reported last month as well, but this is noteworthy as the Dodgers are still showing interest in the 30-year-old. Last season, LeMahieu hit .276 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI. He also took home his third gold-glove award.
The last rumor comes as a brand-new one, in that the Dodgers are interested in reliever David Robertson.
According to sources, between 6-8 teams have expressed interest in David Robertson. Among them are the Dodgers, Red Sox and Mets.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 10, 2018
This doesn’t come as much of a shock, as the Dodgers are looking to improve their bullpen this offseason.
#Dodgers shopping list includes adding to bullpen.— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) December 9, 2018
Andrew Friedman said the perception that he won't spend on higher profile FA relievers is inaccurate "We've made offers on guys where we would have spent on the bullpen." #WinterMeetings #Dodgers
Robertson, 33, appeared in 69 games with the Yankees last year. He was 8-3, with a 3.23 ERA. In 69 2⁄3 innings of work, he struck out 91.
Dodgers have four games scheduled on Sunday Night Baseball
On top of the latest rumors, ESPN announced their slate of Sunday Night baseball matchups. As of now, the Dodgers will appear at least four times.
ESPN released 1st wave of Sunday Night baseball matchups. #Dodgers featured four times:— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) December 10, 2018
April 7 at Colorado
June 16 vs. Cubs
July 14 at Boston
August 25 vs. Yankees
Also ESPN announced that they are moving up the start times to 7:00 p.m. Eastern (4:00 p.m. Pacific) this year. The start time should both give fans in most of the country the opportunity to see the game end before 11:00/10:00 (Eastern/Central) time and give teams traveling an earlier flight time.
Keibert Ruiz adds one more honor to his 2018 season
Ruiz who was already Baseball America’s Texas League’s No. 3 prospect and in Top 100 prospects for both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline was named to the Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team.
Ruiz and Daulton Varsho from the Arizona Diamondbacks are the two catchers on the team. Ruiz hit .286/357/.306 with six walks and two strikeouts in 55 plate appearances. He did have only one extra-base hit, a double, during his AFL campaign.