Dodgers Rumors Roundup: Yasiel Puig Trade Turned Down, Clayton Kershaw Comments On Yu Darvish, And More

The Los Angeles Dodgers came up short in the World Series this year, losing to the Houston Astros in seven games. Los Angeles has missed out on a few players already namely Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton. The Dodgers want to save money this off-season in order to splurge on the stellar free agency class next winter, but may sign a key free agent or two in the coming months.

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Yasiel Puig for Jackie Bradley Jr.
The Dodgers tried to trade outfielder Yasiel Puig for Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., according to FanRag Sports the Red Sox quickly denied the offer.

Bradley has been mentioned in trade rumors this winter as Boston seeks more offense. Bradley is under Boston's control until 2020 (arbitration eligible). Meanwhile, Puig becomes a free agent next off-season, making $7.5 million in 2018.

The Dodgers have tried selling high on Puig after a season where he hit .263 with 28 home runs and Gold Glove level defense, the Red Sox, however, are not buying.

Clayton Kershaw Comments on Yu Darvish
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw joined Dallas radio station The Ticket KTCK to talk about a bunch of topics covering multiple sports. The host of the show asked Kershaw how he felt about pitcher Yu Darvish.

"Yeah, Yu’s awesome." Kershaw said."I think he was great when he came over. He speaks great English, so I got to talk to him a lot. He’s actually my throwing partner this offseason, we’ve been throwing every day. It’s been great to get to know him. That World Series was tough, but nobody remembers the start against the Diamondbacks or that start against the Cubs that got us to the World Series. I mean, he was dominant for us."

Darvish has been linked to multiple teams this offseason, but still has the support of Dodgers ace Kershaw.

Dodgers Sign Zach Neal
Dodgers sign right-handed pitcher Zach Neal to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal also notes that Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi was familiar with Neal from their time together in Oakland which contributed to the signing.

Neal spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Athletics and in his major league career, he has a 4.89 ERA and a strikeout/walk ratio of 37/7 across 84.1 innings.

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