Dodgers Continue Matt Kemp Trade Talks, Padres In The Mix

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Matt Kemp has been the biggest cause of rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers lately, as he is one of the outfielders that has been made available this winter.

While Kemp is not on the trading block, the Dodgers are taking calls on all their outfielders minus Puig and Kemp has the most talent of the group. A large return would be in necessary in order to pry the 2011 MVP runner-up from Los Angeles. A few teams have been said to have made contact with the team thus far, but talks haven’t materialized.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the San Diego Padres have kept up their talks with the Dodgers and have gotten past the initial point:

Kemp enjoyed a second-half resurgence this past season and ended the year hitting .287 with 25 home runs and 89 RBIs in 150 games. He was moved from center field to left field before settling in right field, where he had five assists in 59 games. Kemp is owed $107 million over the next five years. Yasmani Grandal is a 26-year-old catcher from Cuba entering his fourth year in the big leagues. He found a bit of a power stroke in 2014 with 15 home runs in 128 games. Grandal would give the Dodgers an alternative to A.J. Ellis, who has regressed in recent years and had the front office considering free agent Russell Martin before he signed in Toronto.

While Grandal and the money situation has been discussed, Rosenthal added that this does not mean a deal is close:

Talks will continue to heat up this month, especially with the winter meetings, and the Dodgers will continue to be in the center.


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