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Dodgers notes: Tyler Glasnow, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Ryan Pepiot

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Tyler Glasnow on Monday had his first media session with reporters since joining the Dodgers, and talked about his now playing for a team he grew up rooting for in Santa Clarita.

Glasnow will wear uniform number 31 with the Dodgers.

“That was my number in Little League all the time and in Ravens baseball, my travel ball team, I always wanted to be 31,” Glasnow said Monday. “This is perfect. I’m going back home and 31 is available, so I chose 31.”

Glasnow also talked a bit about his Tommy John surgery from 2021, describing it as a hybrid procedure. Bill Plunkett at the Orange County Register has more on that aspect of Monday’s virtual press conference:

“I got that hybrid surgery. It’s kind of the new evolution of Tommy John with that synthetic collagen band thing,” he said. “So in my brain I have double the strength. It’s one of those things where I got so used to having the issue in ‘19, there was a moment where I just kind of assumed this was something I was going to have to deal with my whole career. Then when I did go under and had the surgery and it healed and got to where it needed to be I was like – it’s just a night-and-day difference.”

If you’re interested in some numbers regarding Glasnow, here are the details of his five-year, $136.5625 million contract extension.

For some more Dodgers payroll-related info, James Outman and Bobby Miller earned some extra cash for their efforts in 2023, from MLB’s pre-arbitration bonus pool.

Glasnow was traded with one year remaining on his contract with the Rays. The player he was traded for in 2018, Chris Archer, had a year and a half plus two club options left when Tampa Bay dealt him away to the Pirates. At FanGraphs, Michael Baumann looked at the systematic way the Rays over the last nearly two decades have traded away nearly all of their high-performing pitchers before free agency, offering a future outlook for Ryan Pepiot.

On the latest Three-Inning Save podcast, Jacob Burch and I discussed the Glasnow trade and contract, plus more details from last week regarding Shohei Ohtani.

The market for Yoshinobu Yamamoto is quite robust, with the Dodgers just one of a number of big-spending teams vying for the services of the 25-year-old right-hander. Yamamoto has met with both the Mets and Yankees twice already, for instance.

Jeff Passan on Monday wrote a hefty profile of Yamamoto at ESPN, including comparing the 5’10 right-hander to Pedro Martinez and Tim Lincecum. “Everything Yamamoto does is in service of one goal: moving with purpose,” Passan wrote.

Jordan Shusterman at Fox Sports looked at the seven teams most likely to sign Yamamoto, and offered pitching alternatives for those unable to sign him. For the Dodgers, Shusterman suggested Jordan Montgomery or Lucas Giolito among the reliable free agents,with Montgomery more likely to command a larger contract, while also noting that the Dodgers could shift to a trade for either Dylan Cease or Corbin Burnes. Most of these options we’ve discussed here previously.