With the loss of Hanley Ramirez this offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a vacancy at shortstop currently.
While they have several players on the roster capable of handling the defensive duties at the position, they would be missing a lot offensively. Earlier in the offseason it was reported that the Dodgers were looking to trade for Alexei Ramirez of the Chicago White Sox. Talks never materialized past a certain point and it may now be known why.
According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the Dodgers tried to make a deal for Ramirez involving one of their outfielders:
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) December 9, 2014
Kemp has been a hot name this winter, as there have been at least four teams with interest in the Dodgers outfielder. Recently, the San Diego Padres have emerged as the frontrunners in a possible deal for Kemp. Meanwhile, the White Sox have been busy acquiring starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija from the Oakland Athletics and signing relievers David Robertson and Zach Duke. This could all but derail any potential deals for Ramirez, unless Kemp is involved and the money situation is worked out.
It’s interesting to learn that Kemp was available in a deal for Ramirez, as it would essentially mean the Dodgers lost Kemp and Ramirez for a new Ramirez. While Kemp does have the most trade value of the available Dodger outfielders, he also provides the biggest presence in the lineup. His power in the middle of the order is crucial with the loss of Ramirez.
While the trade was not made, it adds another team to the growing list of those interested in the former All-Star outfielder.