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Jon Paul Morosi of reports the Padres and Indians have remained in contact regarding a potential trade for starting pitcher Corey Kluber.

Morosi says the Padres have taken their five best prospects off the table (SS Fernando Tatis Jr., LHP Mackenzie Gore, C Francisco Mejia, 2B Luis Urias and RHP Chris Paddack). However the Padres loaded farm system is stocked with plenty of desirable prospects they would be willing to trade, including pitchers Adrian Morejon, Michel Baez, Logan Allen, Cal Quantrill and Anderson Espinoza along with hitters like Buddy Reed, Josh Naylor and Tirso Ornelas. Morosi says young major leaguers Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, Joey Lucchesi or Eric Lauer could be part of a deal. Morosi reports the Dodgers continue to be involved in Kluber trade talks as well.
Jan 12 - 8:58 AM

Arash Madani of ESPN reports that the Dodgers are set to acquire Russell Martin from the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays will cover the bulk of the $20 million Martin is owed this season and will receive a couple prospects from the Dodgers. Martin batted only .194/.338/.325 with 10 home runs over 90 games for Toronto last season but will give the Dodgers a little more protection at catcher alongside Austin Barnes. His acquisition will not preclude the Dodgers from still pursuing J.T. Realmuto, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports. Martin, of course, spent the first five seasons of his career with the Dodgers.
Jan 11 - 2:37 PM's Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are "engaged in substantive discussions with six clubs" regarding a J.T. Realmuto trade.

Those six clubs have been identified as the Braves, Dodgers, Astros, Padres, Rays, and Reds. The asking price remains sky-high on Realmuto, but it seems to be a near certainty that he will be dealt away before the beginning of spring training next month. The 27-year-old catcher slashed .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI over 125 games last season for the rebuilding Marlins. He is under team control through 2020 via salary arbitration.
Jan 10 - 1:15 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Indians are looking for a "Chris Sale-level return" in trade talks involving Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer.

The Indians look less likely by the day to deal one of their star right-handers, and that could be in part because there haven't been teams willing to meet that substantial asking price. Morosi notes that the Indians have had serious discussions with the Dodgers, but that there are no recent signs that any progress has been made.
Jan 6 - 5:12 PM

Michael J. Duarte of NBCLA reports that the Dodgers "have checked back in" with the Pirates regarding Francisco Cervelli.

The two teams discussed a potential Cervelli trade at the Winter Meetings earlier this month. Duarte notes that nothing is imminent, as the Dodgers remain in the thick of things with J.T. Realmuto and want to see what happens on that front first. Cervelli would be a fine backup plan and obviously a much cheaper one to acquire, especially considering he's owed $11.5 million in 2019 in the final year of his contract.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 09:51:00 AM's Jon Morosi reports that the Padres have "emerged as a strong contender" to land Corey Kluber from the Indians.

Morosi notes that the Padres and Indians "are engaged in discussions," but adds that "one person with knowledge of the talks does not believe the Padres have eclipsed the Dodgers as favorites to land Kluber -- yet." San Diego's top two prospects -- shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and left-handed starter MacKenzie Gore -- are believed to be off the table entirely, but catcher Austin Hedges and outfielders Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe are apparently among the names under consideration for a potential Kluber swap. The Padres have also been connected to Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman.
Wed, Dec 26, 2018 04:34:00 PM

Jon Morosi of reports that the Dodgers have interest in acquiring Tigers' outfielder Nicholas Castellanos.

Mark Feinsand of reported earlier on Saturday that the Tigers are likely to trade Castellanos before Opening Day. Morosi notes that the Dodgers' interest may hinge on whether or not they are successful in acquiring Corey Kluber, as if they deal away Alex Verdugo they'll need a replacement in right field. They may also consider dealing for Castellanos as a fallback option if they are unable to land Bryce Harper.
Sat, Dec 22, 2018 07:56:00 PM

Jon Morosi of reports that the Dodgers are still in discussions with the Indians regarding acquiring star right-hander Corey Kluber.

Morosi also notes that while the Dodgers are not willing to include Cody Bellinger in any potential deal, they are willing to discuss top prospect Alex Verdugo. The Reds, Phillies and Mets are all believed to have discussed Kluber with the Tribe at some point this off-season. The Indians don't appear to be as motivated to deal Kluber after reducing their payroll with other moves, but they'll still pull the trigger if the return is worth their while.
Sat, Dec 22, 2018 07:45:00 PM

Joe Frisaro of reports that the Astros are "back in the mix" for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Frisaro writes that prospect outfielder Kyle Tucker "remains a target" in a potential trade, though it's unclear if the Astros are willing to part with him. It's possible they'd be more willing to do so after reportedly nearing a deal with Michael Brantley. The Dodgers, Padres, and Rays are also involved in talks for Realmuto, though there doesn't appear to be a frontrunner at this time.
Tue, Dec 18, 2018 10:19:00 AM

Joe Frisaro of reports that the Rays and Dodgers are still in the mix to acquire All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins.

The Mets had been one of the teams expressing the most interest in Realmuto, but after they signed Wilson Ramos on Sunday they're out of the running. The Braves also have seemingly dropped out of the race. The Dodgers were also in the mix for Ramos, so unless they plan on bringing back Yasmani Grandal, they may now up their efforts to acquire Realmuto.
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 05:26:00 PM

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the J.T. Realmuto trade market is "essentially down to six teams: Reds, Mets, Rays, Braves, Dodgers, and Padres."

There was an expectation that Realmuto would be traded at some point during this week's Winter Meetings, but that's not going to happen as teams are packing up and heading out of Las Vegas. The Marlins are still sifting through offers and trying to get multiple young players in return for the 27-year-old catcher. Realmuto batted .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI over 125 games this past season with Miami. He is under control through 2020.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 01:48:00 PM

Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have "checked in on" free agent catcher Wilson Ramos.

Castillo adds, however, that the Dodgers are only interested in discussing a one-year deal with Ramos at the moment. The 31-year-old should be able to find multi-year offers on the open market this winter after batting .306/.358/.487 with 15 homers and 70 RBI over 111 games between the Rays and Phillies in 2018. There's known to be interest from the Mets and Brewers.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 01:44:00 PM

Phillies selected INF Drew Jackson from the Dodgers with the 11th pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Orioles for international bonus dollars.

Baltimore gets another middle-infield option after selecting Richie Martin with the first pick. Jackson hit .251/.356/.447 with 15 homers and 22 starts while splitting time between second and short in Double-A last season. He's a better bet than Martin to hit in the majors, but he probably faces more of an uphill battle to make the team.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:48:00 PM

Reds selected INF/OF Connor Joe from the Dodgers with the No. 6 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

The Reds plunder the Dodgers system even as the two teams are believed to be talking about a rather large trade involving Matt Kemp and Homer Bailey. The 26-year-old Joe had a .935 OPS in the minors last year, and he can play first and third and he's even tried catching. He's strictly bench material in the majors, but he could be of some use as a backup.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:31:00 PM's Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have been in touch with the Pirates about a trade for catcher Francisco Cervelli.

The Dodgers are one of many teams in the mix for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, but they could shift their focus to Cervelli if they're unable to work something out with Miami. Gurnick also mentions free agent Nick Hundley as a potential fallback option. Cervelli delivered a strong .259/.378/.431 batting line with a career-high 12 home runs and 57 RBI over 104 games with the Pirates in 2018. He's due $11.5 million in 2019, the final year of his current deal.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 09:02:00 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers and Joe Kelly are in agreement on a three-year, $25 million deal.

Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic were first to report that a deal was close. Kelly gets a nice payday here despite posting an underwhelming 4.39 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 65 2/3 regular-season innings with the Red Sox in 2018. He came up huge in the playoffs as Boston marched to the World Series title, yielding just one earned run and striking out 13 batters against zero walks in 11 1/3 frames. The 30-year-old right-hander will work in a setup role in Los Angeles.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 08:34:00 AM

The Reds and Dodgers are still talking about a trade, one that could involve Homer Bailey and Matt Kemp.

The Dodgers' motivation here would likely involve the luxury tax. They don't want Bailey, of course, but they could take him on if there's a deal that ultimately lowers their payroll for tax obligations. Alex Wood is one name perhaps also in the mix here, and we might see a larger three-team deal involving Yasiel Puig or others.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 04:24:00 PM

Yusei Kikuchi's agent Scott Boras said Wednesday that the Japanese left-hander will meet with interested teams later this month in Los Angeles.

Kikuchi has already drawn interest from a range of different clubs but the early word is that he prefers to play on the West Coast. He's been connected to the Padres, Dodgers, and Mariners, and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that the the Giants might be his "first choice." The 27-year-old southpaw posted a 3.08 ERA and 153/45 K/BB ratio over 163 2/3 innings this past season with the Seibu Lions in Japan.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 03:04:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are talking to the Cardinals about Jose Martinez.

Martinez doesn't make a ton of sense on paper for the Dodgers given his struggles defensively at first base and in the outfield, but perhaps they would promptly flip him to an American League team. The 30-year-old can certainly hit -- he's posted an .850 OPS in 270 games over the last three seasons with St. Louis. Martinez seems certain to be traded somewhere this winter.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 12:13:00 AM's Jon Morosi reports that the Dodgers have interest in Nicholas Castellanos.

The common thought is that the Dodgers will trade at least one outfield to reduce their logjam, but they're at least keeping tabs on the market for Castellanos. However, Morosi notes that "there’s no present momentum toward a deal" and Castellanos "is not their highest priority." Morosi previously listed the Braves as a team that has interest.
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