Report: 3 teams interested in trading for Kemp

The Dodgers already had an abundance of outfielders even before the Tuesday acquisition of Chris Heisey from the Reds, and now seem even more likely to move at least one of them.

That could be former MVP candidate Matt Kemp, who apparently has a couple teams interested. CBSSports.com‘s Jon Heyman wrote Wednesday that the Orioles, Padres and Mariners are interested in the 30-year-old two-time All-Star.

But Heyman cautions that Baltimore, while interested, is said to be “nowhere” in the talks and “almost no progress” has been made with the other two clubs, which makes the Dodgers seem reluctant to move Kemp.

Los Angeles has already lost right-handed hitter Hanley Ramirez this season, but still has Kemp, Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Heisey in the mix.

The Orioles have lost outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz and suddenly seem more likely to lose out on longtime Baltimore outfielder Nick Markakis. Seattle has made a few big splashes already this season (signing Cruz and extending Kyle Seager), while the Padres are always looking for lineup upgrades. And, Heyman notes, San Diego’s trade chips — catchers and starting pitching — are what the Dodgers are looking for.

— Joey Nowak

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I’m surprised the Twins are not in on Kemp as well. Mauer(C), Plouffe and/or Santana might fill some nice holes in LA’s lineup. The Twins have prospects ready to fill in by mid seasons and some flexible vets that can move around the infield

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