The Los Angeles Dodgers and Matt Kemp may be parting ways before the trade deadline in a couple days.
Teams like the Red Sox, Yankees, and Mariners have swirled around rumors of possibly trading for the Dodgers outfielder and if he is traded to any team it could mean a transition to a different position (pinpointing designated hitter) for him as well.
The big team out of the Dodgers hat to make an intriguing move is in fact the Red Sox, who are bound for a swap of Kemp for their starting pitcher Jon Lester. Multiples reports, including SB Nation, have a sense of this move going down soon.
The Yankees and Red Sox would be the top two teams that make sense with Boston overweighing the offer on the table more than New York but let’s not forget about the Mariners. Seattle is very much interested in Kemp, according to NBC Sports.
Essentially, the Sox and Yanks can see Kemp fitting into their crowded lineups but the Mariners make more of a reasonable sense. Seattle can put Kemp in the outfield or a designated hitter role for a guy who is prone to injuries.
First base is an option but with the recent re-acquisition of Kendrys Morales and Logan Morrison at first, it’s a slim chance.
The Mariners are gearing up for their playoff push and setting sights on a wild card clinching berth, with the American League West a small fraction of being on their backburner.
Kemp isn’t having the typical Kemp season the Dodgers would like for him to have (.277 batting average, 8 home runs, 40 runs batted in) but Dodger Stadium might be getting old for the 29-year old.
The Dodgers have had plans for a good amount of time to move someone out of their overcrowded outfield depth chart (Puig, Ethier, Van Slyke, Crawford and especially Kemp) but all have an important role with the team. In reality, LA will look to trade Kemp with the same talent or players with split talents.
Safeco Field isn’t exactly a better option for Kemp’s bat with it being more of a pitcher’s park but Kemp can compliment the Mariners top hitters and All-Stars Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager in the lineup.
The M’s aren’t too far from the wild card - as of now they are only two games behind the Blue Jays in the second wild card spot.
Matt Kemp can have an immense influence on the Seattle hitting charts, with their team batting totals not even breaking in the top 20 in most major categories. Seattle has time but not enough.
The Seattle gearing up plan for a playoff push is very serious and might need more of a push for more moves. They’ll have until 4pm Thursday to make a nail biting decision on Kemp.