Dodgers Rumors Roundup: The Latest On Brandon McCarthy, Cole Hamels, Matt Kemp, & More

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been busy this offseason as they try to reshape their roster to make a run towards the World Series. Here's the latest news and rumors surrounding the Dodgers:


McCarthy and the Dodgers finalized a four-year, $48 million deal on Monday morning, giving Los Angeles another key cog in their pitching rotation that should be one of the best in the league. In 90 1/3 IP with the New York Yankees last season, McCarthy posted a 2.89 ERA, 6.31 K/BB rate and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings.


The Dodgers haven't been afraid to spend big money in the past, so it's not really a surprise that they're linked in a trade for a big-name pitcher. Los Angeles is positioning themselves to make a trade for Hamels, though the Phillies are looking for a plethora of young prospects in return.

If the Dodgers decide to pull the trigger on such a deal, it would fill out their rotation with five high-level starters (Clayton Kershaw, Zack Grienkie, Hyun-jin Ryu, McCarthy, and Hamels). He finished 9-9 in 2014 with a 2.46 ERA, 198/59 K/BB ratio, and 1.148 WHIP in 204.2 innings pitched. He is currently owed $90 million over the next four years, with a $20 million club option (or $24 million vesting option) in 2019.


The only thing holding up the trade the sent Kemp to the San Diego Padres is Kemp's physical, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday. If he passes, the deal will be finalized on Thursday.


Los Angeles is trying to undergo a change from an offensive team to a defensive one, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

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