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Ken Gurnick of reports that the Dodgers are the team that has put in a claim on Ryan Madson.

Madson was placed on revocable waivers, and earlier on Wednesday it was reported that an unknown team placed a claim on the right-hander. It looks like we know who that team is now. He's struggled for most of 2018 with a 5.28 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, but he's a free agent at the end of the year, and the 38-year-old has certainly been effective at various times in his career. He'd likely serve as a bridge to Kenley Jansen if the two teams are able to make a deal.
Aug 29 - 7:13 PM

Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan hears that the Dodgers are the team that claimed Bryce Harper from the Nationals on revocable waivers.

It's important to note that this doesn't mean that a deal is close or will even get done. The Nationals have already reportedly pulled off waiver trades involving Daniel Murphy (Cubs) and Matt Adams (Cardinals), but the question is whether they'll actually trade Harper if they still have interest in keeping him around for the long-term. We should find out soon enough.
Aug 21 - 2:36 PM

Brewers claimed RHP Ariel Hernandez off waivers from the Dodgers and optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The Dodgers picked up the hard-throwing Hernandez from the Reds in April, and he had a 2.52 ERA and a 49/29 K/BB ratio in 50 innings between Double- and Triple-A this year. He's middle-relief material and probably nothing more.
Aug 7 - 2:52 PM

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to a trade that will send John Axford to the Dodgers.

More bullpen movement for the Blue Jays. Axford signed to a minor-league contract this spring, and he has pitched well at times for Toronto with 50 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched. He also owns a 4.41 ERA in that time frame, so it hasn't all been smooth sailing. If/when the trade goes through, he'll likely pitch in the middle innings to help get the ball to Kenley Jansen.
Jul 31 - 3:55 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick confirms that the Dodgers have acquired Brian Dozier from the Twins.

Minnesota will receive infielder Logan Forsythe, right-hander Devin Smeltzer, and outfielder Luke Raley in return. The inclusion of Forsythe in this swap clears up some of the logjam at second base in Los Angeles. Dozier figures to play just about every day with the defending National League champions.
Jul 31 - 3:30 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are close to acquiring Brian Dozier from the Twins.

It's unclear at this point what Minnesota will receive in return. Dozier is batting just .224/.305/.402 this season, but he has tallied 16 home runs and 52 RBI in 104 games, and he's capable of a strong finish. The 31-year-old second baseman is due to become a free agent in the winter.
Jul 31 - 3:26 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers, Braves, and Pirates are "all strongly in [the] mix" for Chris Archer.

Rosenthal also adds that the Dodgers and other teams are "potentially lurking" with just a couple hours to go until the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Jon Morosi of MLB Network identified the Braves as "the team to watch" on Archer earlier in the day. The 29-year-old right-hander has somewhat underwhelming overall numbers this season, but he's delivered a 2.70 ERA over his last 43 1/3 innings and he's under control through 2021.
Jul 31 - 1:39 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have asked teams interested in Chris Archer to submit their final trade offers.

Topkin lists the Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, Padres and Yankees as the teams that are "most interested" in Archer, with the A's, Astros, Brewers, Phillies and Pirates also lurking. He adds that the Rays "seem more open" to trading Archer at this point in time after flirting with it multiple times over the last few years. Archer is under team control for three more seasons at a cost of just $27.5 million.
Jul 30 - 4:55 PM's Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have interest in Keone Kela.

He's one of a host of relievers that the Dodgers have checked in on. Kela is under team control through 2021 but is looking like a good bet to be traded before Tuesday's deadline. It would be a big blow to his fantasy value, as he's almost surely going to set up wherever he winds up.
Jul 29 - 1:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Yankees and Dodgers are in the mix, as well as the Padres, for Rays' right-hander Chris Archer.

The Yankees and Dodgers are both in the market for upgrades to their starting rotation as they push toward the postseason, while the Padres see Archer as a long-term fixture in their rotation. While nothing is imminent, it's starting to look more likely that the longtime Rays' hurler could be donning a new jersey in August.
Jul 28 - 1:53 PM

According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, the Dodgers are "eyeing" Tigers closer Shane Greene.

Fenech notes that the pursuit began before Greene landed on the disabled list in early July with a shoulder injury and that Dodgers scouts have been closely monitoring the 29-year-old right-hander since his return to action on July 13. Greene would obviously work in a setup role in Los Angeles, with Kenley Jansen locked in at closer. Greene holds a somewhat underwhelming 4.19 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 43 innings this season, but he was very good in 2017 and he is under contractual control through 2020.
Jul 26 - 8:32 AM

Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports that the Astros and Yankees are "in the lead" in trade talks for Orioles closer Zach Britton.

Trade talks appear to getting close to a conclusion, but Bowden adds that several other teams are still in play. With that in mind, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that the Red Sox and Brewers are also involved. The Cubs have been mentioned as a possibility in recent days, but Rosenthal writes that as of Monday the club didn't appear as engaged on Britton as other clubs, though they have also talked to the Orioles about starters Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. Britton was initially shaky after coming off the disabled list, but he's delivered eight straight scoreless appearances while showing increased velocity. It's good timing for the Orioles.
Jul 24 - 9:34 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers is official.

The Dodgers will send five prospects to the Orioles in the deal, with Yusniel Diaz being the most widely-reported part of the trade. Rosenthal reports that RHP prospect Dean Kremer, 3B Rylan Bannon, INF Breyvic Valera and RHP Zach Pop are also in the deal.
Jul 18 - 7:10 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the trade sending Manny Machado to the Dodgers "will go through."

A medical issue popped up with one of the players going to the Orioles, but Kubatko says it's "all but addressed" and there are only some "final points to review" before the trade is announced. Outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz is the headliner going to Baltimore and he's expected to be joined by four other players. The Orioles reportedly will be sending some cash along with Machado to the Dodgers.
Jul 18 - 6:27 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the medical holdup with the Manny Machado trade isn't related to Dodgers outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz.

Diaz is the headliner of the deal, so any problem with him probably would've meant the deal falling apart. Since the medical issue is with more of a complementary piece, the two sides still figure to work things out even if it means having to alter the trade a bit. It wouldn't appear to be a slam dunk anymore, though, so it's possible the Phillies and/or Brewers put in a call to see if they can jump back in.
Jul 18 - 4:35 PM

According to Steve Phillips of MLB Network Radio, there is a "possible snag" in the Dodgers' expected acquisition of Orioles superstar Manny Machado.

Phillips hears from a source that "one or more" of the prospects that the Dodgers offered to Baltimore had some "issues in their physicals" -- as in, medical issues. This is not new territory for the Orioles, who have multiple times in the recent past rejected trades and asked for contracts to be reworked following physical examinations. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Tuesday night, during the MLB All-Star Game, that Machado was all but certain to be dealt to Los Angeles before the start of the second half. Phillips now writes that this situation "may open the door for other clubs" to jump back in. Stay tuned.
Jul 18 - 2:29 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and FOX reports that Manny Machado will indeed be traded to the Dodgers.

Rosenthal interviewed Machado during the sixth inning of Tuesday night's All-Star Game and the 26-year-old superstar spoke about the Orioles in the past tense while acknowledging that he hadn't heard anything official. Moments later, Rosenthal wrote on Twitter that the trade to the Dodgers is "happening." MLB discourages teams from making big announcements on the day of the Midsummer Classic, and that's probably the only thing that is keeping the full trade agreement under wraps. 21-year-old outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz is expected to be part of the O's return package. We haven't heard word about any other names that might be included. Look for this deal to be made official on Wednesday.
Jul 17 - 10:16 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are "increasingly likely" to land Manny Machado.

Rosenthal notes that several of the other teams tied to Machado also "expect that outcome." There were a number of reports Tuesday suggesting a last-minute play from the Phillies, but the Dodgers apparently have the best offer on the table and it sounds like the medicals and paperwork might already be done. Look for something official by Wednesday afternoon. Major League Baseball frowns on its clubs making big announcements on the day of the All-Star Game.
Jul 17 - 6:12 PM

Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies remain "aggressively motivated" in trade talks for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado and "confidence remains high" internally that they can get a deal done.

The Dodgers are the favorites in the mix, with Bob Nightengale of USA Today reporting that a deal could be completed as soon as Wednesday, but this report from the Phillies' side indicates that nothing is done just yet. There was a report from Jon Morosi of late Monday night that the Phillies were willing to include prospect right-hander Adonis Medina in a deal, but it's unclear if that would be enough to land the 26-year-old Orioles superstar. We should have some clarity on this situation in the next 24 hours.
Jul 17 - 2:53 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Orioles have the structure of a Manny Machado trade in place and are going through the "medicals/paperwork portion of the transaction."

Olney adds that the Dodgers "have been very invested" in pursuing Machado, in addition to the Phillies and other teams, but that a deal is not finished yet. Either way, multiple reports indicate that Machado will begin the second half with a new team. It’s very possible that a deal is essentially done and the Orioles would prefer to have him play Tuesday’s All-Star Game representing the team before an official announcement is made. In other words, there should be clarity very soon.
Jul 17 - 11:04 AM

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