The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the midst of a pivotal offseason for the franchise, with a litany of free agent conundrums and trade options currently occupying the front office's time. We're here to sift through everything and give you the lowdown on the biggest goings-on right now with our latest edition of the Dodgers Rumors Roundup.
Relief Help Out Of Florida?
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitches Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger are two of the top bullpens options currently being dangled on the trade market, and the Dodgers are one of three teams already connected to the duo this offseason:
Per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick:
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 16, 2015
The Astros and Tigers are also possible fits. McGee, 29, is projected to earn $4.7 million in arbitration for the 2016 season. Boxberger, 27, is not yet arbitration eligible. Both have been used in closing roles over the past two seasons.
What's The Story On Zack Greinke?
The narrative that we've been fed for most of the offseason is that Dodgers ace Zack Greinke is leaning heavily towards coming back to the team on a long-term deal, with the hammering-out of terms on a new blockbuster deal standing as the only current divide.
However, Mark Saxon of ESPN says that it may be a very different situation playing out than most people think:
"...most people assume Greinke wants to come back, but his distaste for a culture that let Yasiel Puig ignore team rules for several seasons is believed to be a factor in his thinking. It will be painful to break up one of the greatest one-two pitching combinations in recent baseball history, but Clayton Kershaw probably won’t have Greinke as a teammate next season."
Of course, this is one opinion. Yet, reports have already surfaced that Greinke has met with the Chicago Cubs, so it might be time for the front office to press the panic button just a little and try to clarify exactly where they stand.
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