This is one in a series of daily articles highlighting the latest news and notes from the MLB offseason.
The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to make splashes. Their deal to acquire right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Manuel Margot from the Tampa Bay Rays is agreed upon. It’s expected that Glasnow will sign an extension with the Dodgers, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post.
It’s another big move for the Dodgers this winter as they get some much-needed rotation help. Glasnow has been injury prone throughout his career, but is a top of the rotation arm when healthy. Last season with the Rays, Glasnow went 10-7 with a 3.53 ERA in 21 starts and struck out 162 batters in 120 innings.
Margot, meanwhile, hit .264 with a .686 OPS, 21 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 38 RBIs and nine steals in 99 games. Usually a strong defender, Margot put up the worst defensive metrics of his career in 2023.
In return, the Rays are receiving right-hander pitcher Ryan Pepiot and outfielder Jonny Deluca. Pepiot, 26, has made 17 appearances/10 starts in his brief two-year career. He’s gone 5-1 with a 2.76 ERA as a big leaguer. The 25-year-old Deluca made his major league debut last season and slashed .262/.311/.429 with a pair of homers in 24 games.
The Rays are also sending the Dodgers $4 million in the trade.
TWO FACES IN NEW PLACES
A pair of starting pitchers found new homes on Thursday. Tyler Mahle agreed to a two-year, $22 million deal with the Texas Rangers, and fellow right-hander Jack Flaherty is off to the Detroit Tigers on a one-year deal worth $14 million.
Mahle will miss the start of next season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. He made five starts with the Minnesota Twins last season and went 1-2 with a 3.16 ERA before going under the knife.
Flaherty joins Kenta Maeda as free agent starting pitchers picked up by Detroit this MLB offseason. Flaherty split time between the St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore Orioles in 2023. He finished the year 8-9 with a 4.99 ERA between the two teams. Still only 28 years old, the Tigers are hoping for a bounce-back.
OTHER NEWS AND NOTES
- The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired outfielder Billy McKinney from the New York Yankees in exchange for international bonus space, a source confirmed to Pittsburgh Baseball Now.
- The Milwaukee Brewers acquired right-hander Taylor Clarke from the Kansas City Royals for a pair of minor leaguers.
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