Winter Meetings Day Two: Matt Kemp Getting Closer To Not Being A Dodger

Yes, Matt Kemp is still a member of the Dodgers, but signs seem increasingly clear that we’re edging towards a Kemp-less era for the franchise.

The specific rumor of Kemp and the Padres came from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, who speculated that the return could be Yasmani Grandal and Matt Wisler, but then later that return changed to Joe Ross.

Jon Heyman of confirmed that names were exchanged and mentioned Zach Eflin as well.

One deal being discussed would send veteran catcher Yasmani Grandal and young pitcher Zach Eflin to Los Angeles for Kemp, sources said.

Both packages revolve around Grandal and prospects, with Grandal being the main piece. Grandal has been looked at here before, and has been pegged by Mike as a potential breakout candidate.

In terms of the prospects, Wisler was the #2 prospect by Baseball America and #2 by Baseball Prospectus, both of whom think he has mid-rotation potential. Wisler made it to AAA in his age-21 season before getting a late call to the majors, making him a safer bet to impact the big-league club, but he did struggle once there and he’ll likely repeat the level in 2015. Ross came in at #10 for BA and #10 for BP, both of whom also think mid-rotation potential is there, though there’s some belief that he could end up at the back of a pen as well. Ross made it to AA in his age-21 season and has more risk than Wisler, but has the better arm. Eflin isn’t ranked, but he’s a pitcher that’s entering his age-21 season (A+ or AA) and relies more on pitchability than raw stuff. Eflin is fastball/changeup starter that needs a better breaking ball to remain a back-end rotation option.

I’d still prefer to hang on to Kemp, but if the Dodgers could extract Grandal and Wisler without paying much of the contract, I think it would be awful hard to complain.

As far as the other Kemp rumors, the Orioles, Rangers, and Mariners are out, according to Heyman, so it would appear to be Padres or bust at the moment.


On the Jon Lester front, the Dodgers are apparently in with three other teams, and Lester is probably going to get $150MM+ from somebody, according to Heyman.

There were rumors later in the day that the Dodgers and Giants were both out on Lester, but Gordon Edes of shot that down.

I can’t say I would necessarily mind losing this particular race if the rumored numbers are correct.


For the not-so-shocking-but-still-sorta-shocking rumor of the day, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Dodgers are shopping Dee Gordon.

Joe Frisaro, the Marlins beat reporter for, is hearing that he Marlins are interested.

Mike looked at the idea of selling high on Dee, and I have to agree that the concept makes sense. But I doubt they’re selling high on Dee if everybody knows they’re “selling high”, and lots of things make sense until you wonder who the hell would play second base next year.


Now go speculate away and submit trade proposals to the mailbag.


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