The Los Angeles Dodgers made three of their four outfielders available this winter as they look to unload the potential logjam next season. Teams were quick to inquire as it was reported earlier this week that the Seattle Mariners inquired about Matt Kemp after they were linked to Andre Ethier last winter.
The Dodgers have also gotten calls about outfielder Yasiel Puig and while there have been some suggesting they entertain the thought, expect number 66 back in right field next season. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, another AL West team inquired about Kemp, the Texas Rangers:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 15, 2013
Kemp is coming off of ankle and shoulder surgeries and if the Dodgers are to deal him or another one of their high-priced outfielders, they’ll have to eat a significant chunk of his remaining salary. Meanwhile, it was reported today the Dodgers might be entertaining the idea of moving Hanley Ramirez to third base and acquiring a shortstop via trade.
Andrus, who has seven years and over $100 million remaining on an extension he signed last April, would fit the profile of what the Dodgers are trying to acquire. Last season, he hit .271 with four home runs and 67 RBI with a .328 OBP while swiping 42 bases atop the Rangers order.
There are those that believe the Dodgers should hold onto all four heading into next season since Kemp, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier all battled significant injuries last year. Regardless, team will have reservations about trading for Kemp since he’s so injury prone as it’s clear the Dodgers are looking to make a trade.
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