Report: Chances for Kemp trade could be rising

The Dodgers’ overcrowded outfielder could lead the club’s new-look front office to make a trade this offseason as it looks to shed salary and address other parts of the roster. President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman called that “likely the best course of action” at the General Managers Meetings last week.

But which outfielder will be on the move? The most likely candidates are expensive veterans Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, each of whom has more than $50 million remaining on his contract.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported Friday that Kemp is drawing interest and could be a stronger bet to be traded than many have thought, with teams such as the Mariners and Orioles in the mix. Though the Dodgers still owe Kemp $107 million, his recent production and the lack of right-handed power on the market could allow Los Angeles to clear at least a substantial portion of his remaining salary, Heyman writes.

Kemp, who will be 31 this season, has fallen off since finishing second in the NL MVP race in 2011, and the Dodgers no longer see him as a center fielder. Still, he hit a solid .287/.346/.506 in ‘14, with 25 homers and 89 RBIs.

— Andrew Simon

7 Comments

THEY SHOULD GET RID OF YASIEL PUKE. HE IS TOTALLY WORTHLESS, AS ARE ALL OF THE DODGERS. GET RID OF MATTINGLY ALSO

GET RID OF PUKE, KEMP, AND DONNIE BASEBALL

GET RID OF THE DODGERS ENTIRE TEAM. THEY BLOW

GIANTS WIN THE WORLD SERIES IN 2015

Kemps sudden carreer drop-off just smells of PED useage.

I did not realize this is moron central…Kemp’s troubles were injury related and idiot knows that,,,the Giants will win nothing in 2015…won’t even compete……Puig is better than any OF the Gnats put on the field….

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