According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports the San Diego Padres have reached out to their division rival Los Angeles Dodgers about a possible trade for outfielder Matt Kemp.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 26, 2014
Kemp, now 30 years old, hasn’t come close to duplicating his incredible 2011 season where he was the runner-up for the National League Most Valuable Player award, thus resulting in his name being thrown around in trade rumors over the past two seasons. Kemp’s decline in productivity can be attributed to a rash of injuries that hobbled the All-Star outfielder in recent years, but if last season was any indication, Kemp can still be a productive outfielder when healthy.
Taking on Kemp’s hefty contract will be an obstacle for most teams, which would normally make the Padres seem like an unlikely landing spot, except for the fact that the Padres have appeared willing to offer some big contracts this offseason.
In their search for offense, the Padres have been linked to some of the offseason’s biggest names. First, they were one of the few serious teams in the hunt for the services of Pablo Sandoval and then they were also involved in this offseason’s sweepstakes for Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas.
It will be interesting to see if their latest whiffs in free agency will cause San Diego to re-engage in trade talks with the Dodgers. If the trade were to happen, perhaps an even more interesting thing to look out for will be how Kemp and current Padre Carlos Quentin, will adjust to being teammates instead of divisional opponents.