It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to rid themselves of at least one outfielder this offseason.
They have made Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp available for trade in order to relieve some of the logjam in the outfield. Ethier has been named as the most likely to be traded, but Kemp has been said to bring back the greatest return. While no significant rumors have been reported of any being traded, teams have been checking in on the outfielders.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, there’s one National League West team that has asked about one of the outfielders:
The Padres have made no secret of their interest in Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas. They’re in the mix for free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, according to CBSSports.com. They’ve cast a wide net in trade discussions for a hitter, kicking the tires on Jason Heyward before the Braves moved him and checking in on the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, Reds’ Jay Bruce and others, according to major-league sources.
Via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Kemp continues to draw significant interest:
Word is there is serious interest in Matt Kemp, which will weigh heavily into the equation.
While the Dodgers would likely prefer to not trade Kemp within the division, it’s interesting to see the Padres interest, considering they are usually the ones dealing major talent. Kemp enjoyed a strong second half in 2014 and finished the year at .287 with 25 home runs and 89 RBIs. He recovered from ankle and shoulder surgery to become the hitter he was in 2011, when he finished second in the NL MVP vote. Though he wasn’t the same outfielder, Kemp’s move to right field was fitting.
The team has already said that their is a high price tag for the 30-year-old and it’s unclear whether the Padres would be willing to meet those demands. It’s a different strategy by San Diego’s new GM, and although Kemp is probably out of his reach, the Padres could be a threat in the near future if other deals are made.
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