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Report: Dodgers asked about C.C., Teixeira

Report: Dodgers asked about C.C., Teixeira

In just the last few months, the Los Angeles Dodgers have transformed their roster via trade in a clear sign to the rest of the league they are serious about winning now. The amount of players they have acquired, and the money they have taken on, is shocking, but according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post may be just getting started.

After adding Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford, the Dodgers apparently also inquired with the Yankees about C.C. Sabathia and Mark Teixeira. New York told them no and a deal is not expected, but it further shows the Dodgers mean business and could be on their way to building a genuine super team.

Los Angeles may have heard 'no' from the Yankees, but it doesn't mean they won't be looking for something similar perhaps in the offseason during free agency. They clearly have money to spend and want to address every position on the field. If they were to acquire Teixeira for instance, either he or Gonzalez would have to play third base.

The Dodgers have yet to take off even with their new players, they have lost six of their last ten and remain in second behind the Giants in the N.L. West. But a full offseason of moves and time for the players to gel could produce the most talented team in the National League.

As the Dodgers simply get to know each other as new teammates, the Nationals are moving forward with the best record in the National League. But could the Dodgers be the future team to beat in the N.L.? With a roster imitating the Yankees as far as depth and payroll, the potential is there. We have, however, seen teams load up and look good on paper only to fail and never win a World Series.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.