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Drew garnering broad interest

Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is drawing varying amounts of interest from at least 10 teams, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

The list of teams that have tossed around the idea of signing Drew reportedly includes the Yankees, Mets, Astros, A’s, Braves, Padres, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Nationals and Marlins. The lack of shortstop depth on the free agent market this offseason has certainly played a part in the vast amount of interested teams.

Despite his struggles this past season, Drew is garnering significantly more interest this offseason than he did a year ago due to the fact that he is not tied to a compensatory draft pick this time around. He went unsigned last winter after rejecting a qualifying offer from the Red Sox before ultimately returning to Boston in late May.

– Paul Casella

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

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

Upton rumors heating up

The Braves are continuing to field offers for outfielder Justin Upton, with the Orioles, Rangers and Padres among the teams showing interest, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.

The Mariners could also enter the picture if they end up not signing free agent oufielder Melky Cabrera, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, though they would be unlikely to give up a “top young pitcher” for a one-year rental such as Upton.

It’s unclear how far talks have gotten with any of the aforementioned teams, but the Braves are not believed to have received a substantial offer yet. While nothing seems imminent, an Upton trade would certainly make sense, especially after the Braves signed free agent outfielder Nick Markakis to a four-year deal last week.

Upton is owed $14.5 million next season, the final year in his current contract. With the Braves currently hovering around a rebuilding state, they’ll likely try to get what they can for Upton this offseason as opposed to letting him walk away next year and getting nothing in return.

– 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

Padres getting “more aggressive” in marketing Grandal

The Padres have reportedly become more active in including Yasmani Grandal in potential trade talks, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

San Diego has plenty of organizational depth behind the plate, as the Padres have already received a number of calls regarding Grandal, Rene Rivera and Austin Hedges, one of the best defensive catchers in the Minors. Though the Padres were originally not very open to the idea of moving Grandal, recent developments within the free-agent market may be changing their minds.

The Padres, who have been trying to improve their offense this offseason, have already missed out on free agents Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas. They also had interest in first baseman Adam LaRoche, who signed with the White Sox.

With the already thin free-agent market becoming even thinner in recent weeks, San Diego may need to rely on a trade to achieve its goal. The Padres have been linked to the Reds’ Jay Bruce and the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, among others, over the past week.

They are also hesitant to trade away either Andrew Cashner or Tyson Ross, though Ian Kennedy is believed to be more available. Kennedy, who is arbitration-eligible, will likely make close to $10 million next season.

As for Grandal, he had an encouraging 2014 campaign in his return from ACL surgery, posting 15 home runs, 19 doubles and 49 RBIs in 128 games. He also notched a .356 on-base percentage after the All-Star break, indicating he could be ready to carry a heavier load in 2015 with his recovery from the ACL surgery completely behind him.

The Padres would prefer to hold on to Grandal, but they may ultimately need to consider moving pieces they had originally planned to keep if they still plan to upgrade offensively.

– Paul Casella

Giants yet to make final offer for Sandoval

Don’t count out the Giants in the battle for free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

San Francisco has faced a stiff challenge in its quest to retain the 28-year-old, who has spent all of his seven big league seasons and won three World Series with the club. The Red Sox have made Sandoval a five-year, $95 million offer, according to The Boston Globe, and the Padres have entered the mix as a surprise contender. San Diego, normally not a player for expensive free agents, has made a “very competitive offer,” according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock.

But even if the Giants have not matched those bids yet, that still could change. Appearing on MLB Network radio on Sunday morning, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said his club has “not made a final offer.” The San Francisco Chronicle previously reported that Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vazquez, has asked the Giants to submit their best proposal next week. Sandoval is expected to make his decision then.

– Andrew Simon

Street is gone … now what?

As expected, the Padres made their first move Friday when they traded closer Huston Street to the Angels as part of a six-player deal that netted them four prospects.

Could this be just the tip of the iceberg as far as moves before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline for the team?

The Padres have been getting a lot of hits for weeks on third baseman Chase Headley, reliever Joaquin Benoit, pitcher Ian Kennedy and outfielder Chris Denorfia.

They could move some of them in deals. Heck, they could move all of them. The most likely candidates are Headley (a free agent after this season) and Denorfia, as the team already has four outfielders under contract for 2015 — Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, Will Venable and Seth Smith.

Headley, two years removed from leading the NL in RBIs (115), could get a decent return, but only if the Padres sent some if not all of his remaining salary (likely $4 million or so) with him in a deal.

Stay tuned, things could get interesting in the next 10 days or so.

– Corey Brock

Padres: Getting hits on Street, Benoit …

It’s no surprise at all that the Padres are getting plenty of early inquiries on relievers Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit.

It’s not just the ability to get outs more often than not late in games that makes these two so attractive, though.

Both are controllable next season. Don’t underestimate the importance of this.

Street has a $7 club option while Benoit is owed $8 million as part of the second year of a two-year deal he signed with the team last winter.

That could make these two looks even more attractive the closer we get to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline — and could potentially impact the type of player the Padres get in return.

Make no mistake, the Padres will almost certainly deal one or the other. They almost have to.

– Corey Brock

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