The Mariners' interest in Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is "very real" and Los Angeles would look to eventually move the two-time All-Star to designated hitter if the teams can complete a trade before Thursday's deadline, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweeted Sunday.
Kemp, who is still owed $107 million through 2019, is being marketed hard for a trade by the Dodgers and said he would be interested in leaving Los Angeles if it meant a return to center field.
The former National League home runs champion, who turns 30 in September, is batting .273 with eight home runs and 40 RBI this season. He signed a $160 million contract after the 2011 season but has since struggled in part because of injuries.
- Marc Weinreich