It was only a matter of time before rumors about the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield started up as the team has four outfielders for three positions. Injuries this season to Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford forced the teams’ hand as they had to call up phenom Yasiel Puig and he quickly proved he was here to stay.
Yesterday, it was reported that the Mets might be taking a hard look at Kemp and outfielder Andre Ethier as they look to add an impact bat to the middle of their lineup. However, Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported early this morning that Kemp, Ethier and even Carl Crawford can be had via trade:
That possibility, in fact, already is in the works; the Dodgers, according to major-league sources, are listening on Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford, telling prospective suitors, “If you’re interested in one of them, make us an offer.”
All three outfielders are hard to move due to their lucrative contracts, but it’s also possible the Dodgers decide to hold off on trading one of them since they’re all prone to injury.
Kemp will enter Spring Training coming off two surgeries while Ethier and Crawford both battled injuries for a significant portion of the 2013 season. If they do decide to trade one of the outfielders, the Dodgers will have to eat a significant portion of the salary and won’t get equal value in return.
Of the three, Ethier seems like the easiest to trade since he “only” has four years and $70 million left on his contract extension while Kemp and Crawford are both under contract for five and six seasons respectively. The prudent move is to keep all four, but it sounds like the Dodgers might be in the position of creating more salary flexibility by trading one of them this winter.
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