UPDATE (Dec. 9, 10:05 a.m.): It appears the trade talks between the two NL West teams continue to move forward.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2014
Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman recently discussed the constant trade rumors the team is mentioned with and called them ‘comical.’ On the first day of Winter Meetings, trade rumors continued to be a storyline with Matt Kemp again at the center of them.
The Dodgers intend on trading at least one outfielder this offseason and based on level of interest, Kemp is who may be on the move. Though, the Dodgers did have a trade in place to send Andre Ethier to the Arizona Diamondbacks, which fell apart when Diamondbacks’ ownership refused to give final approval.
The San Diego Padres are among the teams who reportedly have discussed a trade for Kemp with the Dodgers and according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, are a strong candidate to acquire him:
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 8, 2014
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports adds that while talks have been inconsistent, one executive believes the Padres are focused on Kemp:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 8, 2014
Acquiring a catcher appears to be a point of focus for the Dodgers, who would’ve received Miguel Montero had the Ethier trade been approved. Grandal would give them an everyday starter with more offensive punch than A.J. Ellis, but it wouldn’t offset the production lost with Kemp no longer in the lineup.
Although Nightengale notes the Dodgers would receive Grandal and another player as part of a trade, the Padres don’t have anyone to offer as a replacement for Kemp — particularly from the right side of the plate.