Two reports today on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tyler Glasnow, and that gets me thinking the Dodgers are about to pull off the Shohei Ohtani-Glasnow combo move I had hoped the Cubs would do.
Earlier today, Fabian Ardaya wrote at The Athletic that the Dodgers are turning their attention to acquiring pitching, and Glasnow featured prominently:
“Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow has emerged as a prominent Dodgers trade target over the last week, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. Some sources suggested that talks could pick up now that the Dodgers have secured an agreement with Ohtani.”
We knew the Dodgers were among the interested teams – and other clubs, like the Cubs, are mentioned by Ardaya – but this sounds a little more serious than that.
Now throw in Bruce Levine’s report tonight, and it doesn’t sound good:
That’s not quite saying the Dodgers are going to get Glasnow, or that they are drawing near to a deal. But the two reports today, combined with it coming right after the Ohtani signing, has me concerned that this is going to happen.
I hate the Dodgers.
My hope? This is the Dodgers trying to apply pressure on the White Sox to deal Dylan Cease to them before they pivot to Glasnow.
… but I don’t think it’s that, in part because the Dodgers could probably stand to add both pitchers.
Glasnow, who’ll make $25 million in 2024 before hitting free agency, shouldn’t cost a TON in trade, which is part of what makes him so attractive to teams with the budget to take him on. For a time, it seemed like the Cubs were a highly likely trade partner. Now? Less so.
If the Cubs miss out on Glasnow, you can safely suspect that they may look further into acquiring Shane Bieber from the Guardians. He’s not really a front-of-the-rotation type anymore, but he’s been more durable for his career and will come at half the salary. Not ideal, not terrible. Of perhaps even more interest, though, is the potential for a combo deal to acquire Bieber and closer Emmanuel Clase. That would definitely sound good to me, though the price would be significant.