If there’s anything that can be deduced thus far in the offseason it’s that the Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfield is likely to look different by the 2015 season. It was reported weeks ago the team was shopping Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp and since that point, Kemp’s name has routinely been included in trade talks.
Teams reportedly interested in the right fielder have ranged from the Seattle Mariners to the San Diego Padres and as of Sunday, the Baltimore Orioles as well. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman admitted the team would benefit from trading an outfielder and reports indicate if Kemp is moved, it would require plenty in return.
Involving one of the teams reportedly interested in Kemp, ESPN’s Jim Bowden proposed the following three-team trade:
Dodgers acquire: James Paxton from Seattle; Jean Segura from Milwaukee. Mariners acquire: Ryan Bruan from Milwaukee. Brewers acquire: Matt Kemp from Los Angeles; Miller from Seattle.
Bowden believes the trade would net the Dodgers a talented pitcher and fill their shortstop need:
The Mariners could offer them one of the best young left-handed starters in the game in Paxton to put in their rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. If they could pick up Segura in a three-way deal with the Brewers, they would have their stopgap shortstop until top prospect Corey Seager is ready for the majors (or is moved to third base).
While the Dodgers most glaring need is at shortstop given Hanley Ramirez’s departure for Boston, they are also without a fifth starter in the rotation. Interestingly enough, that hasn’t exactly stopped them from reportedly exploring trade options for Dan Haren.
Bowden’s proposed trade benefits the Mariners as they’re known to be searching for a right-handed bat and Kemp replacing Ryan Bruan in Milwaukee is an interesting wrinkle. With winter meetings in Orlando set to begin in just over one week, trade talks will likely begin to heat up.