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Mariners’ interest in Matt Kemp is “very real”

Jul 27, 2014, 2:08 PM EDT

The Mariners re-acquired Kendrys Morales from the Twins on Thursday for right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor, and they’re not done trying to beef up their offense. Via Jeff Passan of Yahoo

Kemp owns an underwhelming .273/.339/.429 batting line in 369 plate appearances this season for the Dodgers, but Seattle outfielders have combined to hit .252/.291/.357 and so he’d be a pretty significant upgrade. The 29-year-old is making $21 million in 2014 and owed $107 million between 2015-2019.

Los Angeles has a crowded (and expensive) outfield at the moment between Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig, and Scott Van Slyke. And top prospect Joc Pederson is knocking on the door.

  1. paperlions - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    If the Dodgers are willing to eat a lot of the money, this isn’t a bad idea. Players hitting worse than Kemp this year (based in wRC+):

    Utley
    Peralta
    Gordon
    Granderson
    A. Gonzalez
    Cespedes
    Wright
    Kinsler
    Ellsbury
    Blackmon
    Heyward
    Alvarez
    ….you get the idea.

    He isn’t hitting that badly given his home park and the 2014 offensive environment.

    • octagoncito - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      I think I’m more tired of Dave Stewart than I am of Kemp, it would at least remove a distraction and it would be nice to get some decent prospects back, hopefully 1st base prospect because I don’t think we have anything legit in the minors.

      • geejon - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Stewart doesn’t continue to make all these public statements if it doesn’t come with Kemp’s blessings. Stewart works for Kemp, not the other way around, so Kemp could shut all that down in 2 seconds if he wanted to but he doesn’t because Kemp is fine with it. He wants to be traded so badly that as the deadline nears Stewart is almost daily coming out with something. It’s actually a really punk way of going about things because when Kemp is asked he gives PC answers like “I just want to play everyday” and “I want to be here as long as they want me here” but that’s b.s. He’s not man enough to come out himself and say “I want out” because he’s an overpaid punk bitch.

        He is playing everyday, the team just whipped their rivals in back-to-back games to get back into first place and THIS is what Mattingly and everyone else have to deal with today? Gutless punk. Not enough he’s been stealing money for 3 years but the team has to hear about him whining about everything and wanting this or that.

      • lazlosother - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        What is a “Punk Bitch”? Are they fun? Are they more fun than just your regular bitch? I have no idea what you are talking about here, but it sounds fun and I want in!

      • jwbiii - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        Poly Styrene? Well, except that she’s dead and was doing the Hare Krishna thing. Exene Cervenka? Shirley Manson?

      • yahmule - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        Wendy O Williams.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        Takes an overpaid punk bitch to know one.

    • mkprz - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      The Dodgers would be better off with a new batting coach.
      The Dodgers broke away from their standard “take the first pitch, foul the next and leave the pitcher with three pitches to strike you out” routine.

  2. kingscourt25 - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    SSS, but Kemp is hitting .310/.407/.445 since the ASB

  3. utazdevl - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Kemp might be a great move for the Mariners, but who can they offer to the Dodgers? The Dodgers need a starter and bullpen help in exchange for Kemp. Who could the Mariners send to LA? Chris Young? Iwakuma? Joe Biemel, who the Dodgers let go a couple years ago?

    Kenp to Boston for Lester is a far more likely.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      Kind of a high trade price for a 2-month rental, but it would be a great salary dump. In a move like that, I assume the Dodgers ain’t eating money.

      • utazdevl - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Dodgers won’t eat the money and assume they will be able to resign Lester, who rejected 4 years at $70mm from Boston. They might even get someone like a Burke Badenhop thrown in the deal. I assume the Dodgers would be willing to offer Lester closer to $80mm and could have a very potent staff locked up for the foreseeable future. That would give them Zach Lee, Corey Saeger, Alex Guerrero and Joc Petersen on the farm clubs to be used as potential bargaining chips for future needs.

        Geez, that is pretty insane when you think about it.

  4. SocraticGadfly - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Considering the M’s didn’t actually upgrade their offense with the Morales trade, they could use Kemp. But, if they plan to make him their DH, they then get the fun of listening to him (or Stewart) bitching about really being a center fielder.

    • seattlej - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      You clearly haven’t been watching the M’s play every day.

  5. weaselpuppy - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Free Joc Pederson!

    • danfrommv - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Thank you, Mrs. Pederson

  6. pacnwsailor - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Right handed hitters die here…As a Dodger fan Kemp would be Beltre part 2…Ethier would be a better fit and the Mariners could offer much less, probably just Bullpen help and the Dodgers would probably pick up a fair amount of salary.

    • mweekes22 - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      The Mariners don’t need another left handed outfielder that can’t hit.

  7. sportsfan18 - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    IF the price is right, you do this. Getting Kemp for less dollars due to his injuries gives them a lot of upside if he does continue to heal more, like into next season.

    They shouldn’t factor in near MVP numbers for him obviously but numbers that are like .285 with 24 HR’s and 85 RBI’s and then attached a dollar figure to that they’d pay for and have the Dodgers pay the amount above that.

    But, the M’s went way above for Cano so who knows what they’ll do.

    The M’s find themselves playoff bound due to the 2nd wildcard and they want to ensure they make the playoffs not only this season, but next as well with their contract to Cano.

    I think they way overpaid for Robby, but if they make the playoffs in year 1 with him and then in the next several yrs, more power to them.

    I’m surprised the M’s are competitive actually.

  8. caeser12 - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    M’s fans thought Guiterrez was hurt a lot, wait.

    • yahmule - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Kemp is Cal Ripken III compared to Franklin Gutierrez.

      • caeser12 - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        Lol. True.

  9. mkprz - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Kemp, it’s all business buddy.
    When your agent plays hardball and gets you 20,000,000+ pr year, you need to perform.

    • danfrommv - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Or at least STFU and cash your checks if you don’t

  10. fearthehoody - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    I can’t wait till we trade 2-3 future All-Stars and get Kemp to watch him hit .230/15/60….But then again those numbers would actually be good compared to our other garbage bats in the OF.

  11. joenash72 - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    As a Mariner fan, I think Kemp we need to get Kemp to pair with Cano, and bank on him getting back to what he was before he got hurt.

    Either trade prospects and get the Dodgers to eat a bunch of the $$$, or else take on the $$$ and keep our young guys. Just get Matt Kemp here. He’d be a DH down the road, but would be CF now.

  12. macdaddyspeed - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    “Matt Kemp is a backup plan for the Mariners”

    Backup plan? Backup plan to what?

    • danfrommv - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      another 3rd place finish in the West?

  13. mkprz - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    The Dodgers need bullpen help and a batting coach.

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