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Dodgers land Rays’ Tyler Glasnow in multi-player trade

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Dodgers will not see Shohei Ohtani as a starting pitcher in 2024. But on Thursday, the team agreed to terms to add starting pitcher depth.

The deal; however, is contingent on the Dodgers reaching a long-term deal with pitcher Tyler Glasnow. If a long-term contract could be reached, then the terms of the trade will be finalized.

Former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws a pitch during Game 1 of the Wild Card Series between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays
Tyler Glasnow throws a pitch during Game 1 of the Wild Card Series between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Glasnow and outfielder Manuel Margot would be traded to the Dodgers if an extension could be reached. In exchange, the Dodgers would send starting pitcher Ryan Pepiot and outfield prospect Jonny Deluca to the Tampa Bay Rays.

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The 30-year-old Glasnow was one of the best starting pitchers on the trade market. He is entering the final year of his contract in 2024 which will pay him $25 million.

With an extension, Glasnow may enter into the $30-plus million range. Ohtani’s deferred money allowed the Dodgers to make this move.

Ohtani will only make $2 million each season for the next 10 seasons. Then, he will receive $68 million on July 1st over the next 10 years.

This deal was struck on the same day that it was revealed that longtime Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is noncommittal on a return. Kershaw spent his entire career with the Dodgers from 2008 through 2023. 

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The 35-year-old is a free agent, who is one of the best pitchers in Dodgers history.

Glasnow is returning to his home state with this move. According to Google Maps, Santa Clarita, California, where Glasnow was born, is 36 minutes from Los Angeles.

He had his best season this past season with the Rays. He went 10-7 in 21 starts with a 3.53 ERA. Glasnow also allowed 52 runs and gave up 47 earned runs in 120 innings.

It was just the second time that he pitched more than 100 innings in a season. It was the first time since the 2018 season with the Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates that he pitched 111 2/3 innings.

Glasnow is 30-27 in his career with a 3.89 ERA in 88 starts. He has made 127 appearances in his career with nine games finished. He has pitched 529 2/3rd innings.

The 29-year-old Margot returns to the West Coast, where he began his career. He played for the San Diego Padres from 2016 through 2019.

He spent the last four seasons with the Rays. In his career, he has a .255 batting average with 52 home runs and 283 RBIs in 788 games.

The 26-year-old Pepiot will be under the Rays’ control through at least 2029 barring another trade. He will become arbitration-eligible in 2026.

He is 5-1 as a starter in 10 MLB starts. He has appeared in 17 games overall with a 2.76 ERA in 78 1/3 innings.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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