The Dodgers are in no particular hurry to trade Matt Kemp. A source tells Bob Nightengale the Dodgers are getting offers for Kemp but it’s unlikely a trade will be worked out before the close of the Winter Meetings.
In other words, the Dodgers are hearing offers, but they don’t like the offers they’re hearing. Kemp’s value could be somewhat depressed at the present time due to fears over the shoulder and ankle injuries that hampered him during the 2013 season.
Oh and there’s the little matter of the $128 million Kemp is still owed on the contract he signed a couple years ago.
A few teams are believed to have interest in Kemp, including the Red Sox. Boston would be one team you wouldn’t think would mind picking up that big contract. If they convince themselves Kemp has a comeback season in his immediate future.
Kemp is two years removed from what would have been an MVP season had Ryan Braun not cheated. It seems a long-shot for him to regain that form in 2014. If the Dodgers do really want to move Kemp and his salary, they might have to settle for a less-than-ideal package in return.
Yasiel Puig might be an easier guy to move given his relative youth and inexpensiveness.