Padres continuing pursuit for Kemp

The Padres are currently considered the “most likely destination” for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, according to a tweet by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

San Diego has been linked Kemp for a couple weeks now, particularly after the club missed out on signing free agents Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas. The Padres are intent on finding offensive upgrades at this week’s Winter Meetings, with the belief that they will do so via trade as opposed to pursuing any of the few remaining top free-agent hitters.

Nightengale adds that the Padres are currently offering catcher Yasmany Grandal and “one other player” in return for Kemp, though it’s unclear at this time who that other player might be. It’s no surprise that the Padres are willing to offer up Grandal, considering they have a bit of a logjam at catcher between Grandal, Rene Rivera and top prospect Austin Hedges.

As far as other potential trade pieces, pitchers Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy have all been linked to trade rumors this offseason, though it’s uncertain whether or not any of those players would be involved in a potential deal with Los Angeles.

The Mariners, Rangers and Orioles are all among the other teams that are known to have also expressed in Kemp this offseason.

— Paul Casella

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