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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

Orioles, Mariners and Rangers all out on Kemp

The Orioles, Mariners and Rangers are all reportedly out of the running to land Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

All three clubs had emerged as potential landing spots for Kemp in recent weeks, but it now appears that the Dodgers are intent on finalizing a deal with the Padres. Heyman goes as far as to say it might be “Padres or bust” when it comes to dealing Kemp this offseason.

Earlier reports from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday indicated that the Padres and Dodgers were “getting closer” to reaching a deal. The ongoing negotiations seem to involve who exactly the Padres would pair with catcher Yasmani Grandal in exchange for Kemp. Top pitching prospect Matt Wisler is not expected to be included in any deal, but fellow prospects Joe Ross and Zach Eflin have each been mentioned as possible pieces to a potential deal.

– Paul Casella

Giants in “backseat” on Lester talks?

Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans suggested to reporters on Tuesday afternoon that the Cubs and Red Sox may be the favorites in the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

Evans reportedly added that the Giants are in the “backseat” when it comes to Lester talks, but other teams are “driving the car.” He also said that a Lester decision isn’t necessarily expected to come on Tuesday, as previously reported.

Though the Giants haven’t been informed that they are off Lester’s radar, Evans’ comments certainly aren’t encouraging. The Giants may have been late entrants in the pursuit of Lester, but general manager Brian Sabean confirmed on Monday that the club’s primary focus is on landing Lester.

“Right now it’s all about Lester,” Sabean said before later adding: “We’re still on the board.”

While that may still be the case, it appears that the Cubs and Red Sox — the initial favorites to sign Lester — are re-emerging as the left-hander’s most likely destinations.

– Paul Casella

Tigers intent on keeping Scherzer

The Tigers’ primary focus is on re-signing marquee free agent Max Scherzer, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The market for Scherzer has been relatively quiet so far this offseason, though that’s likely to change over the next 24 hours with fellow free agent starter Jon Lester expected to announce his decision.

Olney writes that the Tigers are not only “prepared to spend big, big dollars” to sign Scherzer, but that they also plan to keep co-ace David Price in the fold for 2015, as well. Again, there has been very little talk surrounding Scherzer to this point as teams wait to see where Lester ends up.

Aside from the Tigers, other teams that have been linked to Scherzer in varying extents include the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Nationals, Phillies, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, and Blue Jays. The team that ultimately signs Lester will obviously drop off that list.

Regardless, the final cost for Scherzer figures to be enormous, given the amount of deep-pocketed teams that are in the market for an elite starter. Scherzer, keep in mind, turned down a $144 million extension offer from the Tigers last spring.

– Paul Casella

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

Byrd could be an option for O’s

Add Marlon Byrd to the Orioles’ list of potential outfield replacements. Byrd’s name has reportedly been floated as a potential target if the club ultimately elects to turn to the trade market for a new outfielder, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.

The O’s are still pursuing a number of options, both in free agency and via trade, to replace recently departed outfielder Nick Markakis. The club has reportedly reached out to free agent outfielders Nori Aoki and Colby Rasmus, among others. Melky Cabrera remains the top free agent outfielder on the market, though the Orioles don’t appear to be actively pursuing him.

“I think these free-agent possibilities are going to come into play, into focus a little quicker than the trade possibilities,” said Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.

Byrd has posted a .277/.323/.476 batting line to go along with 49 home runs and 173 RBIs over the past two seasons between the Phillies, Mets and Pirates. Considering the 37-year-old Byrd is not part of the Phillies’ rebuilding process, he is a prime candidate to be traded this offseason.

In addition to Byrd, the O’s have been rumored to have discussed a potential Justin Upton trade with the Braves, though Duquette denied any such talks on Monday. Baltimore has also been linked to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, though those talks have seemingly died down in recent days.

– Paul Casella

Lester signing could reignite Hamels talks

Though the Phillies aren’t one of the four teams reportedly pursuing Jon Lester, they could be one of the clubs most impacted by his final decision, which is expected to come at some point on Tuesday.

Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has been floated as a potential backup plan for both the Red Sox and Dodgers, leading Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer to suggest that the Phils could start fielding serious offers for Hamels in the coming days. “The Phillies, a team desperate for outfield reinforcements, could target Joc Pederson in a trade with Los Angeles,” writes Gelb.

The Cubs and Giants, the other two clubs known to be pursuing Lester, could also attempt to engage the Phillies in trade talks if they miss out on Lester.

It’s no secret that the Phillies are trying to trade a number of their big-contract players this offseason, with Hamels’ name popping up most often in rumors. Not surprisingly, teams have been much less willing to take on the unfavorable contract of a player such as Ryan Howard.

The Red Sox have reportedly rejected past offers from the Phillies, but the Phils figure to gain at least some leverage in the aftermath of Lester’s decision. Either way, trade talks should heat back up once Lester is off the market.

– Paul Casella

Lester reportedly mulling over four offers

Jon Lester is reportedly considering four separate offers, all hovering around the six-year, $150 million mark, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Those are offers are believed to be from the Cubs, Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers, though a late push by another team can never be ruled in these situations. Rosenthal adds that one of those four teams with an offer already on the table is willing to add a seventh year and push the total to $175 million, though it’s unclear at this point which team that applies to.

Lester is expected to make a decision some time on Tuesday, at which point the starting pitching market will really begin to open up. Once Lester makes his decision, teams will likely ramp up their pursuit of the other two top-level free agents starters — Max Scherzer and James Shields – as well as the second-tier free agents such as Brandon McCarthy, Ervin Santana, Francisco Liriano and Justin Masterson.

The teams that ultimately miss out on Lester could also turn their attention toward the trade market where pitchers such as the Phillies’ Cole Hamels and the Tigers’ Rick Porcello, among many others, are believed to be available for the right price.

– Paul Casella

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

Report: Orioles interested in Kemp

The Orioles are trying to re-sign one of both of their free-agent outfielders, Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz. But according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, they also have other targets in mind.

In addition to being one of the finalists for Torii Hunter, Baltimore is one of the clubs that has discussed a trade with the Dodgers for Matt Kemp, Rosenthal reported Sunday. He speculated that the O’s could be looking for alternatives to Markakis and Cruz, as well as leverage in those negotiations.

Retaining Markakis, an Oriole for his entire career, is no longer a “foregone conclusion,” according to Rosenthal. Talks between the two sides were said to be picking up earlier this month.

Kemp has been the subject of frequent trade rumors, with the Dodgers facing a glut of outfielders. The 30-year-old bounced back from an injury-plagued 2013 to play 150 games last year, hitting .287/.346/.506, with 25 home runs and 89 RBIs.

– Andrew Simon

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