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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
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
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
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
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
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
The Dodgers’ overcrowded outfielder could lead the club’s new-look front office to make a trade this offseason as it looks to shed salary and address other parts of the roster. President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman called that “likely the best course of action” at the General Managers Meetings last week.
But which outfielder will be on the move? The most likely candidates are expensive veterans Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, each of whom has more than $50 million remaining on his contract.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported Friday that Kemp is drawing interest and could be a stronger bet to be traded than many have thought, with teams such as the Mariners and Orioles in the mix. Though the Dodgers still owe Kemp $107 million, his recent production and the lack of right-handed power on the market could allow Los Angeles to clear at least a substantial portion of his remaining salary, Heyman writes.
Kemp, who will be 31 this season, has fallen off since finishing second in the NL MVP race in 2011, and the Dodgers no longer see him as a center fielder. Still, he hit a solid .287/.346/.506 in ‘14, with 25 homers and 89 RBIs.
– Andrew Simon
The Red Sox did nothing to diminish rumors that Jon Lester will be traded to a contender when they scratched him from Wednesday night’s start against the Blue Jays.
“Yeah, Brandon Workman will start tomorrow,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “In light of all the uncertainty surrounding Jon Lester, it’s probably in everyone’s best interests that he does not make that start, so Brandon will be recalled. There will be a corresponding move roster-wise at some point tomorrow.”
By scratching Lester from his Wednesday start, the Red Sox could increase the urgency of their suitors to sweeten their offer in advance of Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.
Also, Lester becomes more attractive to a potential suitor if he can pitch immediately after a trade, rather than having to wait until Monday.
Numerous teams have talked to the Red Sox about Lester, and there was a lot of buzz about the Pirates on Tuesday. The Dodgers are another possible destination, though they’ve thus far been unwilling to part with the type of top prospects (Corey Seager, Joc Pederson) the Red Sox seek. The Marlins have also expressed interest, according to Jim Bowden of MLB Network radio.
While Red Sox veterans were still hoping the lefty would stay, they were bracing for the possibility of his exit.
“Yeah, it’s tough,” said Dustin Pedroia, who came up with Lester through the farm system and has won a pair of World Series titles with him. “We’re not teammates – we’re family. It’s something you don’t like going through. It makes you feel worse. We don’t want to be in this position. I know a lot of guys feel that if you play up to your capability … we should be adding instead of subtracting. Hopefully he’s here.”
Lefty Paul Maholm has apparently landed with the Dodgers as multiple reports out of the team’s Spring Training camp — including from MLB.com‘s Ken Gurnick — have him spotted there, and with a locker in the clubhouse.
Maholm, 31, was a free agent this winter after going 10-11 with a 4.41 ERA in Atlanta last season. The majority of his nine-year career came in Pittsburgh, along with stints with the Cubs and Braves.
He is 76-95 in his career with a 4.28 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.
– Joey Nowak
One of the top remaining free agent starters is Bronson Arroyo, but his 2014 landing spot could come into clearer focus soon, ESPN.com‘s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Crasnick tweeted on Friday that the Dodgers and D-backs are “in the mix” for Arroyo, but the Orioles “still aren’t out of it.” He also said Arroyo “could have a clearer picture where he’ll land by the end of [Friday].”
The right-hander went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 starts for the Reds last season.
– Joey Nowak