While GM Ned Colletti and President Stan Kasten maintain they aren’t shopping any of their four outfielders, several teams continue to call about the availability of 29-year-old outfielder Matt Kemp.
Kemp has been a hot commodity this off-season as the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and now the Boston Red Sox are intrigued by what he could bring. The Red Sox are set to lose outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury via free agency and according to Nick Cafardo of Boston.com, they’ve made a call to the Dodgers:
The Red Sox are one of several teams who have made inquiries on Dodgers centerfielder Matt Kemp according to a major league source. The Red Sox have probably made a few dozen of these types of calls on trades and free-agents, but Kemp is certainly intriguing.
While there’s six years and about $130 million left on his contract, it looks like teams are still banking on the idea that Kemp can play at a high level again. Heading into the 2014 season, Kemp will be recovering from ankle and shoulder surgeries as he was limited to just 73 games, missing the entire postseason.
Of the four teams to have checked in on Kemp, only one name has been mentioned as coming to the Dodgers and that was Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus. As is the case during the off-season, teams check in on seemingly every available player, but Kemp’s name has surfaced quite a bit.
Still, it’s far more likely the Dodgers keep Kemp and trade Andre Ethier since his contract is the most reasonable of the three high-priced outfielders. Kemp’s name will continue to be mentioned as long as the Dodgers have all four outfielders as Colletti and Kasten wait patiently for an offer to their liking.
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