The Reds are looking to cut payroll, the Dodgers are looking to win now and capitalize on that.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale writes that Los Angeles has had talks with the Reds about right-handers Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray. It isn’t known if the two sides progressed far into negotiations, or if the Dodgers were doing their due diligence on potential pitching acquisitions.
The Dodgers did not offer Kershaw a qualifying offer after missing the playoffs with a strained flexor tendon, and engaged in trade talks with the Reds about Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray. But if Kershaw wants to return, no problem, a spot will be left for him.
Castillo is under team control via salary arbitration for the next two seasons, and Gray is entering the final guaranteed season on a three-year, $30.5 million contract extension but the deal does include a $12 million team option for 2023.
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