Dodgers getting calls about all outfielders, refute Gordon rumors
Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi addressed a number of rumors surrounding his club on Tuesday, denying a report that the club is shopping shortstop Dee Gordon while also adding that a Matt Kemp deal is not imminent.
Reports surfaced on Tuesday that the Dodgers were making Gordon available, but Zaidi firmly denied such rumors.
“He’s a cost-controlled, All-Star second baseman that teams would have four more years of control, a tremendous player, and anybody like that, teams ask for,” Zaidi said. “We’re not dangling him. Like I said, he is our second baseman.”
As for Kemp, Zaidi said the reports that a deal being close with the Padres is “not true.” He acknowledged that the Dodgers are continuing to field offers and negotiate, but added that the Dodgers have actually received multiple inquiries on all of their main outfielders — a list that would seem to include Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford, as well as Scott Van Slyke, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig, though there is zero indication that Puig has ever been available.
Zaidi did not put a timetable on any potential deals and suggested the club could leave this week’s Winter Meetings without any clarity on its outfield situation.
Regardless, in addition to their need to move an outfielder, the Dodgers are still in the market for at least a shortstop and another starting pitcher. With Jon Lester reportedly choosing to sign with the Cubs, the Dodgers could now turn their focus — and the potential money saved on Lester — toward addressing some of those needs.
— Paul Casella