Dodgers, Padres “getting closer” on Kemp deal

The Padres and Dodgers are reportedly “working hard” to complete a deal that would send outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

The Padres have emerged as the favorite to land Kemp in recent days, though a number of other teams remain interested in a potential trade for the Dodgers slugger. As for the potential return package, Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers want another strong piece — possibly Padres top pitching prospect Matthew Wisler — in addition to catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Though it could be considered a steep price, the Padres have plenty of organizational catching depth and could be willing to part with a young pitcher in order to upgrade their offense. It’s no secret that improving upon their league-worst offense from 2014 was the Padres’ main goal this offseason.

After already missing out on free agents Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, the Padres seem intent on not letting Kemp get away. The Mariners, Rangers and Orioles have also been linked to Kemp recently, but the Dodgers — as of right now — appear to be focused on trying to work out a deal with the Padres.

— Paul Casella

1 Comment

This would be a huge mistake for the Dodgers. There is no one to replace Kemp’s right handed bat in the lineup on the market. They should demand Ross or Cashner in any trade. Getting Grandal means either giving up on Ellis or trading for Grandal to be in a backup role. Wisler is okay but the Dodgers are all in now. They need the proven commodities if they are to part with Kemp. I would rather keep Kemp and go after Gregerson for the bullpen. Take the loss on any kind of return and trade Ethier to anyone who is willing to take the contract. Teams might be willing to take the contract if they are not having to get any kind of mid to top prospect up.Shore up the end of the rotation. Adding a Lester or Shields don’t seem very likely but would be welcomed of course.

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