Padres discussing Matt Kemp deal, per reports
There has been rampant speculation this offseason about the Dodgers’ attempts to trade one of their well-paid outfielders. New president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman even confirmed at the General Managers Meetings that was “most likely the best course of action” for Los Angeles.
At this point, all signs continue to point toward the Dodgers trying to deal Matt Kemp.
FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal tweeted Thursday evening that the Dodgers have been discussing a trade that would send Kemp to the Padres in exchange for a package likely headlined by catcher Yasmani Grandal, with Los Angeles also absorbing some of Kemp’s contract in the deal.
Rosenthal noted that the Dodgers were discussing Kemp with other teams, too, so it’s not as if the Padres are currently the favorites to land him. That’s just one of the deals being discussed involving Kemp.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reported that the Dodgers “seem determined” to move Kemp, Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford — but not Yasiel Puig.
Kemp is owed $107 million over the next five years, but he’s coming off a solid year and would have to be considered one of the most talented hitters available via free agency or the trade market. Kemp, who turned 30 in September, hit .287/.346/.506 with 25 homers and 89 RBIs in 150 games for the Dodgers last year.
ESPN’s Buster Olney recently tweeted that the Padres were looking for hitters able to help them “immediately” contend for the National League West title. That’s no small feat with the Dodgers and Giants in the division, but Kemp would be an interesting start.
In other Dodgers outfielder news, Ethier said Thursday he plans to win a starting job with the Dodgers this spring, and he has not asked to be traded.