The Dodgers are still considered the favorites to land Texas' ace before this afternoon's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, yet they're unwilling to include either of their top two prospects, Alex Verdugo or Walker Buehler, Heyman reports. The Rangers asked for one of the two prospects to headline a potential Darvish deal earlier this week, but the Dodgers appear to be holding their ground. Los Angeles is not willing to move major-league-ready talent for Darvish, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Darvish allowed 10 earned runs over just 3.2 innings in his last start Wednesday, bringing his ERA from 3.44 to 4.01. However, the performance may simply be ill timing for the Rangers, as it is not expected to hurt Darvish's trade value: the Japanese-born pitcher had a 3.44 ERA through 133.1 innings heading into the outing.