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MLB trade rumors: Dodgers to add Indians ace after loss to Red Sox in World Series?

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MLB trade rumors: Dodgers to add Indians ace after loss to Red Sox in World Series?

The Los Angeles Dodgers' pitching wasn't good enough in their 2018 World Series loss to the Boston Red Sox, and it appears L.A. is looking to upgrade its rotation by possibly making a trade with the Cleveland Indians.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported the latest details on a potential Dodgers-Indians trade, one that likely would include one of Cleveland's talented starters: Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer or Carlos Carrasco. 

Clayton Kershaw's regular-season stats are historic, but his playoff resumé is spotty, at best. The Dodgers ace gave up nine earned runs over three appearances in the 2017 World Series, and he pitched poorly in a World Series-clinching loss to the Red Sox in October. Kershaw, in fact, went 0-2 with nine earned runs allowed in two starts during the 2018 Fall Classic.

Acquiring another top-of-the-rotation ace to alleviate some of the pressure on Kershaw would be an ideal offseason move for the Dodgers. Kluber is a two-time American League Cy Young Award winner, Bauer is coming off the best season of his career and Carrasco is signed through 2019 at a very team-friendly salary. Any of these three pitchers would be a sizable upgrade for Los Angeles' roster.

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Red Sox join growing list of MLB teams to release minor leaguers amid COVID-19

Red Sox join growing list of MLB teams to release minor leaguers amid COVID-19

Minor League Baseball is getting hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESPN reported that hundreds of minor leaguers were released Thursday, and that hundreds more cuts are likely to follow in the coming weeks.

It's also possible the 2020 minor league season doesn't happen at all. Regardless, teams are looking for ways to trim costs, and one place that's being impacted is minor league rosters.

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The Boston Red Sox have become the latest Major League Baseball team to announce the release of minor leaguers. Here's the list of players from Friday's announcement:

Pitchers : Matthew Gorst (RHP), Alex Demchak (LHP), Dylan Thompson (RHP), Robbie Baker (RHP), Chris Machamer (RHP), Connor Berry (RHP), Eddie Jimenez (RHP), Kelvin Sanchez (LHP), Zach Schneider (RHP), and Mason Duke (RHP)

Catchers: Joe DeCarlo, Samuel Miranda, and Breiner Licona

Infielders: Nick Lovullo, Juremi Profar, Korby Batesole, Andre Colon, and Nilo Rijo

Outfielders: Edgar Corcino, Keith Curcio, Trenton Kemp, and Marino Campana

Here's a list of other MLB teams making these kinds of cuts. 

One of the many unfortunate aspects of this development is that a lot of the players around the league who are being released might never play professional baseball again. 

Several major league players are going into their own pocket to financially assist minor leaguers, including former Red Sox pitcher David Price, who's giving $1,000 of his own money to each Los Angeles Dodgers minor leaguer in June.

It's still possible the 2020 MLB season will happen in some form. Both the league and MLBPA reportedly have been discussing and negotiating on several different issues, but there's been no public agreement on a return proposal at this time.

MLB rumors: David Price to give $1,000 to Dodgers minor leaguers in June

MLB rumors: David Price to give $1,000 to Dodgers minor leaguers in June

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher David Price is going into his own pocket to help his fellow baseball players.

Sports has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that's definitely true for Minor League Baseball and its players.

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ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that hundreds of minor league players were released Thursday, with many more cuts expected to come. 

Price is trying to help, and according to baseball writer Francys Romero, the Dodgers pitcher will give money in June to players in the Dodgers' minor league system.

This is a very generous gesture from Price.

Price, as Romero notes, has yet to play for the Dodgers. He was traded, along with superstar outfielder Mookie Betts, from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in February. He's probably never met a lot of these Dodgers minor leaguers, but he's still willing to help them through this difficult time.

We still don't know when Price will make his Dodgers debut because it remains unknown if the 2020 season will happen at all. The league and the MLBPA reportedly have been negotiating different return proposals, but no agreement has been announced at this time.