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According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, free agent right-hander Yu Darvish has at least one five-year offer on the table.

The identity of the team who made the offer and the specifics regarding the financials aren't known. However, given the number of teams involved, it would be no surprise if he ultimately lands a five-year deal. We could be getting close to crunch time, finally. The Cubs, Dodgers, Twins, Brewers, Yankees, and Rangers are all believed to be in the mix.
Jan 22 - 2:53 PM

Ken Gurnick of reports that the Dodgers have acquired outfielder Matt Kemp from the Braves in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash considerations.

Wow. The Braves needed to clear a spot in their outfield for top prospect Ronald Acuna, and this takes care of that problem. The 33-year-old outfielder is owed $43.5 million over the final two seasons of his contract, which explains why the Braves had to take back some bad contracts in the mega deal. It's the first major trade that Alex Anthopoulos has made since taking over as the Braves' general manager.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 02:44:00 PM

Yahoo's Tim Brown reports that the Dodgers are targeting Japanese closer Yoshihisa Hirano.

The Cardinals and Tigers are also looking at the 33-year-old Hirano, who has racked up 143 saves for Orix the last five seasons. Obviously, if he wants a chance to close in the majors, the Dodgers won't be on his list. He might be content as a setup man, though.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 01:34:00 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is hearing that Tommy Hunter has either signed with the Astros or Dodgers.

Topkin received that information from a source with a "non-involved" team. Hunter, 31, posted a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017, holding opposing hitters to a stingy .202/.254/.333 batting line. There should be something official soon.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 07:30:00 PM

Craig Mish and Jim Bowden of SiriusXM are reporting that Giancarlo Stanton has indicated a preference for joining the Dodgers or Yankees in a trade.

Mish adds that Stanton is also interested in the Cubs and Astros. If Stanton wanted to play for the Giants or the Cardinals, one imagines a trade would have been finalized by now. Still, nothing has been officially rejected, and Stanton could still potentially accept one of the deals reportedly on the table if his preferred options don't step up to the plate. Both the Dodgers and Yankees are looking to get under the luxury-tax threshold, and taking on Stanton's deal would make that extremely difficult.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 11:44:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that a Giancarlo Stanton trade to the Dodgers "seems like a long shot."

Stanton is a Los Angeles native and may be using his full no-trade clause to try to get the Marlins to work something out with the Dodgers, but the Dodgers are already well over the luxury tax threshold and would have to make a series of moves to clear roster and payroll space before entertaining the idea of bringing on a player owed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. Maybe it could be a fit at some point -- just probably not this winter. Miami reportedly has the framework of trades in place with the Giants and Cardinals, but Stanton has not given his OK on either of those two spots. The baseball world continues to wait.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 12:31:00 PM

According to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, the Giants expect a decision from Giancarlo Stanton "by the end of the week."

Pavlovic also says the Giants "continue to view" the Dodgers, not the Cardinals, as their biggest threat to land the 2017 National League MVP. Miami reportedly has the framework of trades in place with both San Francisco and St. Louis, but Stanton holds all the power here via his full no-trade clause. He's said to prefer a move to Los Angeles, but the Dodgers are already well over the luxury tax threshold and would have to deal off some parts to make it work. This would be a massive domino to fall right before the Winter Meetings.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 03:41:00 PM

Per Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, Shohei Ohtani met with the Dodgers on Monday.

It was a busy day for Ohtani, who also had a meeting with NL West rival Giants. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers also traveled to Los Angeles for a meeting, though it's unclear whether it took place on Monday or will happen on Tuesday. Ohtani narrowed the field of finalists to seven teams on Sunday, with the Padres, Cubs, Mariners, and Angels also in the mix. The deadline for a deal is December 22, though Ohtani could make a decision sooner.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 08:57:00 AM

Jerry Crasnick of reports that a trade involving Giancarlo Stanton "isn't close to completion."

Stanton has had meetings with the Giants and Cardinals over the past few days, leading many to speculate that a trade could be close, but Crasnick writes that it's "a complicated transaction with a lot of moving pieces." The Marlins have reportedly agreed to a general framework of trades with the Giants and Cardinals, but getting Stanton to waive his no-trade clause is the ultimate hurdle. The Dodgers haven't been ruled out, but it's believed they are hesitant due to the luxury tax. There might still be time for them to change their minds.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 01:41:00 PM

Jim Bowden of Sirius XM reports that Shohei Ohtani is only considering the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Rangers, and Cubs.

We've been piecing this together one-by-one over the past 24 hours, but these are the only seven teams that Ohtani is considering. The great majority of the finalists are on the West Coast, with the exception of the Rangers and Cubs. Of course, the Rangers have a strong history with Japanese players. As for the Cubs, they might have pitched him on creative plans to use him as both a pitcher and hitter. They are also strongly-positioned to win right away. Each finalist should meet with Ohtani in the coming days, with a resolution to come later this month.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 08:57:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers could still be in the mix for Giancarlo Stanton.

Heyman notes that it's no secret that Stanton would love to join the Dodgers and would approve a trade there. The issue, aside from the treasure trove of prospects that the Dodgers would need to give up, is that they're already way over the luxury tax threshold and it would take some creative financing to make the payroll work. While it seems like a two team race at the moment (Giants and Cardinals) the Dodgers could still be lurking in the weeds, waiting to strike.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 05:02:00 PM's Jon Morosi reports that the Dodgers and Marlins are "remaining in contact" about Giancarlo Stanton, but "there has been no substantial progress in talks."

The Marlins would love the Dodgers to make a serious offer for Stanton and Stanton himself would love it even more since it's his preferred destination. However, all signs to this point indicate that they're more on the periphery due to luxury tax concerns. The Giants and Cardinals remain the favorites to land the slugger, although it's still not a given that Stanton would approve a deal to either club.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 02:31:00 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Giancarlo Stanton's representatives have provided the Marlins with a list of teams where he'd accept a trade.

Nothing is confirmed, but Morosi hears that some teams pursuing Stanton believe that the Dodgers are his first choice and he won't accept a trade anywhere until there's some clarity with the situation. Of course, Stanton is from the Los Angeles area. It remains to be seen if the enthusiasm is mutual here, as the Dodgers are already paying the luxury tax. Meanwhile, Stanton has 10 years and $295 million remaining on his contract. Most expect the Marlins will have to pay down some of the contract, but they might not mind doing that with the Dodgers, who have a strong farm system. For what it's worth, Morosi hears that talks between the Marlins and Dodgers have failed to progress thus far. The Giants and Cardinals have been mentioned most prominently among interested clubs in the early part of the Hot Stove.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 01:41:00 PM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are close to signing Manny Banuelos to a minor league contract.

A former top prospect with the Yankees a few years ago, Banuelos' stuff has ticked down considerably in recent seasons following a string of arm injuries. He held a 4.93 ERA over 95 innings while being used mostly as a reliever at Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels organization this past season.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 09:27:00 AM

According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, there is "little momentum" toward a trade that would send Giancarlo Stanton to the Dodgers.

Los Angeles already has the highest payroll in the majors and is one of six clubs on the hook for the 2017 luxury tax, so acquiring somebody like Stanton -- who's owed $295 million over the next 10 seasons -- probably isn't in the cards. McCullough notes that the Dodgers "have a reputation for doing due diligence on basically every elite-level talent who comes onto the market." The frontrunners for Stanton still appear to be the Giants, Cardinals, Phillies, and Red Sox, though several other teams have apparently checked in on the ongoing negotiations.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 11:23:00 AM

Mark Feinsand of reports that the Dodgers are "indeed in the mix" for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Meanwhile, beat writer Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that the "general sense" is that the Dodgers aren't expected to be involved for Stanton because of his monster contract. We have some competing narratives at play here, but such as life in the Hot Stove. Ultimately, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Dodgers get involved here, especially given the belief that Stanton would prefer to play on the West Coast.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 05:50:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Dodgers are among the teams who have contacted the Orioles about Zach Britton.

Heyman hears that the Orioles are at least willing to listen to offers for Britton, who has one year of team control remaining and is due to get a raise in arbitration from the $11.4 million he made in 2017. The Cubs are a natural fit with Wade Davis on the free agent market, but the Dodgers were in touch with the Orioles about Britton this summer even though they have All-Star closer Kenley Jansen under contract. Britton missed time with flexor tendon and knee issues this season while posting a 2.89 ERA, 15 saves, and a 29/18 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 06:58:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers have traded Yu Darvish to the Dodgers.

All indications had been that Darvish was staying put, but the Dodgers came in at the buzzer with an offer that was enticing enough for the Rangers. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan says it will be Willie Calhoun, A.J. Alexy and Brendon Davis going to Texas in the deal. An impending free agent, Darvish gives the Dodgers another high-impact arm for the postseason.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 04:15:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Reds have traded Tony Cingrani to the Dodgers.

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer was first to report that Cingrani had been dealt, and Rosenthal provides the landing spot. Scott Van Slyke and a prospect are headed to Cincy, according to Buchanan. Cingrani owns a rough 5.40 ERA in 25 appearances this season, mostly due to issues with the home run ball.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 04:00:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers are closing in on a deal for Pirates reliever Tony Watson.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is done, pending medicals. This presumably means that the Dodgers were unable or unwilling to meet the lofty asking price for the likes of Zach Britton or Brad Hand. Watson won't make the impact that those guys would, but he's still capable of being a useful bridge to the ninth inning.
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