Report: Dodgers, Padres 'working hard' on Matt Kemp trade

Tuesday December 9th, 2014

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres are working on a deal that would send outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

The Dodgers are interested in catcher Yasmani Grandal, but Rosenthal reports it will take more than just him to get a deal done and notes that pitcher Matt Wisler, the No. 7 pick in the 2011 draft, is a possibility.

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Kemp, 30, has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract. He batted .287 and hit 25 home runs while driving in 89 runs last season for the Dodgers. After two injury-plagued seasons in 2012 and 2013, he rebounded to play in 150 games last season.

Kemp's best season came in 2011 when he hit 39 home runs with 126 RBIs while batting .324 en route to finishing second in MVP voting.

The Dodgers are looking to break up a crowded outfield rotation that includes Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and 22-year-old Joc Pederson. Last week, they acquired outfielder Chris Heisey from the Reds.

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The Dodgers lost shortstop Hanley Ramirez in free agency when he signed a four-year, $88 million contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Los Angeles finished 94-68 last season and won the NL West. The Dodgers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs.

- Paul Palladino

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