The winter meetings got underway this morning and to the surprise of no one, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield situation has been front and center. There was a rumor last night that the Baltimore Orioles were “in on” Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp continues to be named in rumors as his agent Dave Stewart continues to talk about how a trade is inevitable.
With increasing chatter and MLB executives on the same property through the week, an outfield trade seems inevitable at this point. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Dodgers are talking to teams about Ethier and Kemp:
Dodgers currently in discussions with four teams on Kemp/Ethier possibilities.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 9, 2013
The four teams could be the Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and possibly a team that hasn’t been publicly linked to either outfielder. One team that was linked heavily to Kemp last week was the Boston Red Sox, but GM Ben Cherington shot down any rumors about a deal for the 29-year-old outfielder getting done.
Kemp is still recovering from ankle and shoulder injuries, with the ankle being the bigger cause of concern for other teams. GM Ned Colletti went on SiriusXM Radio and said that Kemp is still in a walking boot while he’s able to hit and throw with relative ease.
Meanwhile, Ethier is the outfielder that is far more likelier to get dealt due to his health and contract status. Trading him would garner presumably less in return, but selling low on Kemp doesn’t seem like Colletti’s greatest plan.
Rumors and speculation about a trade in the outfield are increasing with the possibility of Kemp or Ethier not being a Dodger by the time the winter meetings are over.
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