UPDATE (Dec. 11, 1:00 a.m. PT): At the end of a long day that saw the Los Angeles Dodgers complete a seven-player trade with the Miami Marlins followed by acquiring Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles of Anaheim, they may be close to moving Matt Kemp according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
Source: Kemp trade to #Padres “closer but not done.”
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2014
After quietly flying along through the first two days of the Winter Meetings, which included losing out on Jon Lester, the Los Angeles Dodgers had a flurry of activity on Wednesday.
It began with the reported trade for Jimmy Rollins and quickly escalated with reports of Dee Gordon and Dan Haren being sent to the Miami Marlins. While the Dodgers were adding to and subtracting from their infield, Matt Kemp’s name continued to be mentioned in trade talks.
As has long been suspected, the Dodgers and Padres are discussing a trade for the 2011 NL MVP runner-up and according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, their efforts may lead to a third team getting involved:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2014
Hours later, Padres manager Bud Black told ESPN’s Jim Bowden the two teams were working towards a deal:
Bud Black just confirmed w/us that Padres &Dodgers continue to work on a deal that would land Kemp in SD..w/0 giving up ML pitching XM 89
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) December 10, 2014
Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday night the notion that the Dodgers were close to sending Kemp to the Padres was ‘wishful thinking’ by the media. However, he also said they weren’t shopping Gordon, who of course was then traded Wednesday.
With respect to the Dodgers’ outfield, something is bound to give — they currently have six outfielders with Chris Heisey now part of the group. Given the amount of interest Kemp has drawn, he appears to be the most likely to go despite his being key to the Dodgers’ success last season.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and Zaidi have shown little hesitation in retooling the roster and the same level of aggression in their handling of a potential Kemp trade should be expected.