It is no secret that the Padres are willing to move outfielder Kemp, so this report comes with no surprise.
Kemp, acquired by the Padres in an offseason trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers two years ago, has been decent on offense, but sub-par on defense.
Finding a team interested in Kemp the player shouldn’t be overly difficult. The challenge will be finding a team interested in acquiring Kemp and his contract that is set to pay him $21.5 million per year through the 2019 season.
How tough will it be to trade Kemp? Cafardo says baseball executives believe Melvin Upton Jr. is the better trade target of the two. Yes, Upton Jr. has played better this year than in recent seasons, but this says something about how difficult it will be to trade Kemp and his expensive contract.
What should help the Padres’ chances of trading Kemp is that they are willing to eat some of his contract, according to Cafardo.
Kemp, 31, has hit .241 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 62 games played this season.