Dodgers Rumors: Carl Crawford Included In Trade Talks

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As the Los Angeles Dodgers were in the process of sweeping the San Francisco Giants, Matt Kemp’s name was linked to trade rumors involving the Boston Red Sox and Jon Lester.

Despite some of the uncertainty surrounding Kemp’s future with the Dodgers, he started each of the three games with the Giants and has been in the lineup for eight of the last 10 games. Kemp has emerged as the regular starter in right field with Yasiel Puig in center and Carl Crawford in left.

While Kemp has been the focal point in trade rumors, the Dodgers have also included Carl Crawford in talks, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports:

Passan also reported the Dodgers are making a concerted effort to alleviate the crowded outfield before the trade deadline:

Crawford is hitting .242 and has four home runs to go with 20 RBIs this season. He missed roughly six weeks with a sprained ankle that opened the door for Kemp to receive regular playing time in left field, which played into his resurgence this season.

During his time on the disabled list, Crawford expressed frustration with the outfield situation and wondered where he fit in with Kemp in left field at the time.

Since returning, Crawford has been the regular starter in left and hit a key RBI triple in Sunday’s win. As Passan notes, a trade involving any of Crawford, Ethier or Kemp, would likely necessitate the Dodgers to pay a significant amount of the traded player’s remaining salary.
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