Dodgers Rumors: Crawford, Ethier And Kemp On Trading Block

Crawford, Ethier, Kemp
With the Los Angeles Dodgers awaiting word from Hanley Ramirez as to whether or not he’ll accept the qualifying offer, the team has been linked to Russell Martin and Alexei Ramirez.

Alexei would provide a natural replacement should Hanley sign elsewhere and Martin is one of the marquee position players available this winter. While the Dodgers have holes to fill, they also still have a surplus of outfielders.

President of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman said in his introductory press conference he didn’t view that as a problem, though manager Don Mattingly said late in the season a change was needed. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Dodgers are attempting to move big-name and big-money outfielders Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp:

Given the substantial amounts remaining on the contracts of the three outfielders, the Dodgers are reportedly willing to pay a portion of a traded player’s remaining salary:

While Kemp may be the most valuable of the Dodger outfielders on the market, Rosenthal notes all three have drawn interest:

Once displeased with his role on the team, Kemp emerged as a cornerstone for the Dodgers after he was moved to right field and losing him would strip the Dodgers of a power right-handed hitter. That issue could be multiplied tenfold if the Dodgers are also to lose Ramirez in free agency.

Of the three, Ethier is the outfielder who most fell out of favor as he was unable to find much playing time once Yasiel Puig was placed in center field. Ethier is owed $53 million over the next three seasons and his contract includes a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018 that’s accompanied with a $2.5 million buyout.

Kemp has $107 million remaining on his contract over five seasons, and Crawford is signed through 2017 and is just over $62 million.


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