The Rays and Dodgers are discussing a trade that would send right-hander Jake Odorizzi to Los Angeles, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. It is unclear if the sides are close to a deal at this time.
The potential return to Tampa is not known, though one source said Thursday that it would "have to be high-end names" in exchange for Odorizzi. The Dodgers re-stocked their farm system by acquiring three prospects from the White Sox on Wednesday and could look to flip those players for a pitcher in the near future.
Los Angeles has been pretty unlucky in its search for pitching help this winter, as they lost Zack Greinke to a last-minute offer from the Diamondbacks, had a trade with the Reds for Aroldis Chapman scuttled due to a reported domestic violence incident, and are now backing off on their agreement with Hisashi Iwakuma due to concerns over his physical exam. The Dodgers will continue to look for alternative options on both the free-agent and trade markets, with Odorizzi emerging as a potential option.
Odorizzi, 25, posted a 9-9 record and 3.35 ERA in 28 starts for the Rays last season and is under team control through the 2019 season. Tampa Bay was reportedly discussing an extension with him during the Winter Meetings, but could instead look to trade him in an attempt to add a package of valuable prospects.