With close to one month until pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch, there are several questions along the Los Angeles Dodgers roster. The bench, second base and the outfield logjam are some of the areas of concern at the moment.
In looking at the outfield, the Dodgers have four starters for three positions and seem comfortable for the time being holding onto all of them. However, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com, the Boston Red Sox could be a suitor for an outfielder:
I don’t really think Price will be dealt (chances lower by the day), and the Dodgers have said Kemp won’t be dealt either. Ethier seems like the most likely candidate here. Watch the Red Sox on him.
Kemp was the subject of trade rumors leading up to and at the Winter Meetings, but GM Ned Colletti said there are no plans to deal the 29-year-old outfielder as of now. Teams seem to be concerned about how Kemp’s ankle looks, something he doesn’t believe will be a problem after off-season surgery.
Ethier has four years remaining on his contract and between him, Kemp and Carl Crawford, he’s probably the easiest to trade. Still just 31-years-old, he hit .272 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI while primarily playing center field. Prior the Dodgers re-signing Juan Uribe, a deal involving Ethier and Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks made sense on the surface, but not so much now.
While many expect an outfield trade at some point this off-season, Colletti continues to compare the situation to last Spring Training when the Dodgers had eight starters for five spots. Also, all four outfielders were healthy for a combined two games and with Kemp and Crawford injury prone, holding onto all four might be the prudent move.
Still, expect the outfield trade rumors to continue into and during Spring Training as the Dodgers try and alleviate the jam.
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