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The Red Sox checked in with the Dodgers about Matt Kemp

Nov 22, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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While the Dodgers aren’t overtly shopping Matt Kemp, teams are aware of their outfield situation in which they have four capable players for three positions. As a result, the Dodgers have been taking some phone calls from teams interest in Kemp. The Red Sox are the latest to inquire, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Red Sox may have to move on without Jacoby Ellsbury in center field, and Kemp could be one option going forward. However, he has six years and $128 million remaining on his contract. Though the Sox would have little problem finding room to fit him on the payroll, it would mark a departure from the strategy that helped them win the World Series. After shedding expensive, lengthy contracts in Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez, and resorting to mid-tier free agents — Mike Napoli, Koji Uehara, Shane Victorino — on shorter contracts, taking on Kemp’s $21-plus million for six years would be a reversal.

A potentially more palatable option for the Red Sox could involve Victorino moving to center field and signing veteran Carlos Beltran to a two- or three-year deal to play right field.

  1. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    why not get Eithier for less than what you’d pay for Kemp?as a dodger fan I’d welcome any trade that got Eithier out of LA

    • sawxalicious - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      Then as a Dodger fan, you realize Ethier is way overpaid for his production, don’t you? That’s why the Red Sox don’t want Ethier. The Sox may be willing to take a flyer on Kemp because if he can get and stay healthy, there is a lot of potential for elite production.

      • davidpom50 - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        Ethier is far more likely to be traded. Yes, he’s overpaid and the Dodgers will have to throw in a good amount of cash, but the reasons the Sox would want Kemp over Ethier are the same reasons the Dodgers probably won’t trade Kemp. Plus, he’s their only true center fielder. Because of all that, plus your comments about the Sox reasoning, I doubt there’s a trade between these two teams.

  2. pastabelly - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    The money left on Kemp’s deal is probably more team friendly than what Ellsbury will get and Kemp might be a better player.

  3. rhmurphy - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Kemp can’t play center, especially in Fenway.

    • dan1111 - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:08 AM

      He certainly didn’t merit two gold gloves, but stats suggest he is a bit below average rather than horrible.

  4. wilkisoft - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Nevermind the fact that Kemp can’t play center. Kemp can’t stay healthy.

  5. keltictim - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Is the going assumption that Jackie Bradley jr isn’t gonna make it?

    • dan1111 - Nov 23, 2013 at 5:39 AM

      JBJ hasn’t established himself in the majors yet, but also Nava/Gomes probably aren’t a long-term solution in left field. With some uncertainty at two outfield positions, I don’t think this would necessarily mean a change in long term plans.

  6. dinofrank60 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    No. And no more going around Ned and Ben.

  7. keltictim - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Hasn’t established himself? Isn’t the way to do that ya know, playing? And nava/Gomes are still better than some of the other players we’ve had at the cold corners. Trot, “the gator”, we could do worse than those two.

  8. slaugin - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    If the Sox could get LA to take on some of that salary, I’d be all for it, otherwise that is a lot of money to commit to an injury plagued former star.j

    • koufaxmitzvah - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      I see what you’re saying. Sure, take one of our best players, and here’s a suitcase full of money.

      Wake up. Your sheets are now wet.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      We still owe the Dodgers for last year’s salary dump.

  9. knowlegeforyou - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    If the logic is Kemp 6yr 128MM is unloadable, then Hamilton and his 4 yr 106MM is too. Kemp came in 2nd in MVP is 201, but Hamilton since 2010 has place 1st, 22nd, and 5th. Both are capable of playing below average defense in CF. My conclusion is Kemp is worth about as much as Hamilton at this point.

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