It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Dodgers have depth in their outfield, but since Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford are injury prone, there’s a growing sense they’ll keep all four star outfielders.
However, there are those that believe the Dodgers should look into trading Kemp or Andre Ethier, since it’s unlikely one of the four star outfielders will accept a bench role. Kemp is recovering from off-season ankle and shoulder surgeries while Ethier looks to get healthy after a leg injury limited him during the playoffs.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post spoke to several New York Mets executives who might be interested in trading for one of them:
Terry Collins had Matt Kemp in the Dodgers’ minor leagues and loves him. But his multiple injuries, remaining salary (six years at $128 million) and the fact Los Angeles will still expect a big return makes him a hard buy. The Dodgers might sell low on Ethier to get out of as much of the four years at $71.5 million left as possible.
In his article, Sherman penciled in Ethier hitting cleanup for the Mets next season and while he admits the lineup won’t look exactly like that, he mentions these players fit their planning for the off-season.
Ethier would be easier to trade since he has less money remaining on his contract and isn’t coming back from two major surgeries like Kemp. If the Dodgers do want to deal Ethier, they’re going to eat a large chunk of his contract as he’s not worth his current salary.
Other teams that could be interested in Kemp and Ethier are the Texas Rangers as they could move on from outfielder Nelson Cruz by plugging one of the Dodgers outfield bats into their lineup.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Dodgers have talks with teams about any of their outfielders as the prudent move would be to keep all four to guard against injury.
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