Just two days remain in the regular season, but still, questions about the offseason loom even though the playoffs start on Thursday.
The Dodgers know they’ll start on the road and with time to talk about what might lie ahead in the winter, the four outfielder question has popped up several times. In recording a video for FoxSports.com, insider Ken Rosenthal discussed a potential landing spot for a Dodger outfielder:
Whether the Rangers make the playoffs or not, their biggest need is a number three hitter. The Marlins insist their keeping Giancarlo Stanton and Robinson Cano doesn’t seem like a fit for a team with too many middle infielders. One option could be Matt Kemp, if the Dodgers are willing to move him.
Now, I don’t expect the Dodgers to trade Kemp in the offseason, but it’s interesting to hear that Rosenthal mentions his name as a possible trade candidate. Kemp has battled several injuries this season, but since he’s been activated from the DL, he looks like the Kemp of old.
In nine starts since September 17, Kemp is hitting .333 with three doubles, one home run and six RBI as he looks to finally be over the hamstring and ankle injuries that plagued him earlier.
Close to the trade deadline, the Rangers were reportedly shopping close Joe Nathan and the Dodgers were mentioned as a possible destination since the back end of the bullpen was a little weak. However, the Rangers would make sense as a potential landing spot for an outfielder since Nelson Cruz was suspended and they have several middle infielders to trade.
The Dodgers have a hole at second base and a trade revolving an outfielder, potentially Kemp or Ethier, that involves either Ian Kinsler or Jurickson Profar might be discussed. Ned Colletti and Stan Kasten maintain that having too many outfielders is never a bad thing, given the injury history of Kemp and Crawford.
It’s evident that many expect the Dodgers to trade one of their four high priced outfielders, but which one will be determined once the season comes to an end.
In case you missed it, here’s why Brian Wilson is upset at the Giants organization.