We have Dodgers roster news! How about that! There's been relative silence after the Shohei Ohtani signing, but that's only because Los Angeles is among the many in the bidding for Yoshinobu Yamamoto, whose eventual decision is holding up every other free agent's. Not to mention, it's lagging the trade market, too.
But that hasn't stopped the Dodgers from figuring out how to address depth elsewhere. Per the transaction wire, they signed former Padres pitcher Nabil Crismatt and former Pirates outfielder Travis Swaggerty. Both have been assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Crismatt is the more notable name here. The right-hander was actually a valuable pitcher for San Diego in 2021 and 2022 before falling off in 2023 thanks to a hip injury. The Pads designated him for assignment in June, he cleared waivers, the D-backs signed him, and then released him six weeks later.
It's very possible the Dodgers feel they can resurrect his capabilities after they were able to see him perform up close and personal in the NL West these last few years.
As for Swaggerty? He has a cool name and will provide much-needed outfield depth in the minors. Nothing wrong with that.
Dodgers News: LA signs former Padres pitcher, Tyler Glasnow trade, Shohei Ohtani
How about some juicy rumors? The Dodgers acquired Tyler Glasnow in a trade last week, as you well know, but the competition was fierce. Per Glasnow himself, a number of other teams were looking to make a move for him.
The right-hander appeared on Foul Territory this week (quite frankly, he's been everywhere) and revealed the Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Rangers and "some New York teams" had inquired, but the Dodgers were the most aggressive and that was his preferred landing spot.
Though we wondered if the Dodgers surrendered too much for Glasnow, an oft-injured pitcher, and an expensive fourth outfielder in Manuel Margot, it's clear they had to increase the bidding (and inherit some unwanted salary) to get the other teams out of the way.
Can't complain with the result. The Dodgers got their guy, signed him to an extension, and are working to figure out how to upgrade the roster further.
And the man that's made it all happen? Shohei Ohtani. His historic $700 million deal help set the tone for the offseason and will eventually create a snowball effect of free agent signings once Yamamoto finds a home in MLB.
For now, Ohtani is getting the "mural treatment," as the kids say nowadays, in Hermosa Beach and downtown LA. Looks pretty damn cool.
Ohtani's highly anticipated debut can't come soon enough. He was part of the recruitment effort for Glasnow and we'd have to imagine he's playing a prominent role in trying to get Yamamoto to LA (in addition to whatever other free agents/trade targets the Dodgers are eyeing).
Think we can get some wavy Glasnow hair alongside Ohtani on one of these things? Maybe that'll be for Venice Beach.