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Glasnow to Dodgers, Flaherty to Tigers

A trade and a free agent deal tonight take two more starting pitchers off the board

MLB: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

We have a couple of significant moves around MLB tonight involving starting pitchers.

In the bigger bit of news, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly agreed to a deal that would send pitcher Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Manuel Margot to Los Angeles in exchange for pitcher Ryan Pepiot and outfielder Jonny DeLuca. The deal also has Tampa sending $4 million to Los Angeles, and is contingent on the Dodgers working out an extension with Glasnow, who has one year left at $25 million before he is eligible for free agency.

Glasnow, you may recall, faced the Rangers in the Wild Card Series a couple of months ago and gave up three runs. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 5th round way back in 2011 (the Rangers took Brandon Woodruff later in that round), and went to Tampa in the Chris Archer trade. Glasnow has terrific stuff and is really good when he’s healthy, but last year’s 20 starts and 120 innings are both career highs, as he’s struggled to stay on the mound.

Margot, 29, was originally with the Boston Red Sox, was dealt to San Diego in the Craig Kimbrel trade, and then was shipped to Tampa for Emilio Pagan. He’s a quality defensive center fielder with speed who has never really hit as much as one would hope, and you can look at his B-R page and get a glimpse of a possible future timeline for Leody Taveras. He’s under contract for $10 million this year, with a $12 million team option/$2 million buyout for 2025.

In return, the Rays get a couple of high upside guys. Pepiot, 26, is a righthanded pitcher with terrific stuff and questionable control. He’s a former top 100 prospect who missed most of 2023 due to injury, but who had a 2.14 ERA in 42 innings over 8 appearances once he returned from the injured list. He’s the type of pitcher the Rays have had success with, and would seem likely to replace Glasnow in the rotation.

Deluca is a 25 year old with speed, power, quality defense, and a questionable hit tool. If nothing else, he could provide some value as a bench guy/short side of a platoon at one of the outfield spots.

In the less notable starting pitching move tonight, the Detroit Tigers reportedly have agreed to terms on a one year, $14 million deal with Jack Flaherty. The 28 year old righty had a bad walk year, putting up a 4.99 ERA between St. Louis and Baltimore, and will look to rebuild value in 2024 before re-entering the free agent market.