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Storylines: Kemp could be dealt at Winter Meetings

Storylines: Kemp could be dealt at Winter Meetings
Matt Kemp (Photo: Dodgers)
December 8, 2014
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Top Stories:

  • Rumors continue to swirl on a potential Matt Kemp trade, and the Mariners, Padres and Orioles are the heaviest suitors. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners and Dodgers were close to a deal as the Dodgers would pay about half of the $105 million owed for Kemp the next five years but the deal hit a snag when the Dodgers insisted on Taijuan Walker or James Paxton be included in the deal.

Other News and Notes:

  • Jon Heyman reports that at least two teams have offered Jon Lester at least $130 million. The Red Sox, Cubs, Giants and Dodgers are all vying for his services, and he is expected to be a big free agent splash signing during the Winter Meetings this week.
  • Heyman also notes that the Angels have made C.J. Wilson available for trade. The feeling is they are trying to clear some payroll for a potential big free agent splash on a pitcher.
  • Heyman also says the Braves have some interest in Stephen Drew to play second base for them.
  • Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals plan to make another extension offer to Jordan Zimmerman who can be a free agent after the 2015 season.
  • Rosenthal also reports that the Mariners have really stepped up their efforts to sign Melky Cabrera and talks are very serious.
  • Buster Olney reports that the Astros continue to court late inning bullpen help. After falling just short in landing Andrew Miller, they may be the favorites to sign David Robertson.
  • Chase Headley says he would prefer to resign with the Yankees and the feeling appears to be mutual with the Yankees. The Marlins and Giants are also interested in him, but at this point the favorites to sign him have to be the Yankees.
  • The Mets have some starting pitching that they could look to deal as any of Bartolo ColonJon Niese or Dillon Gee could be traded this offseason. GM Sandy Alderson says that any such trades probably won’t be considered until later in offseason once the free agent starting pitching market dries up and teams look at the trade route to fill needs.
  • The Yoenis Cespedes trade rumors continue to swirl. There are reports that the Tigers and Red Sox might complete a Cespedes for Rick Porcello swap. Also, the Padres and Red Sox have reportedly discussed a Cespedes for Ian Kennedy swap.
  • Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald says the Red Sox may enter into the Max Scherzer sweepstakes if they lose out on Jon Lester.
  • Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang is expected to be posted this week.

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User Comments

December 8, 2014 - 12:49 PM EST
He was in a lot of top10 lists after last season, but the 2014 draft and his injury dropped him to the 11-20 range. still had him 9th. He will see the Majors, if he stays healthy. How good we will see, but considering the scarcity of power available and the fact that Moss was an AllStar this is a good deal even if Moss turns into Swisher next season. It is a health gamble, but the price is fair enough to make this gamble
December 8, 2014 - 12:42 PM EST
You have to like this deal for the Tribe. Even if Wendle ends up bring the next Chase Utley, he was not even close to a top 10 prospect, and Moss is a nice piece for 2015-2016.
December 8, 2014 - 12:38 PM EST
It's for Wendle.... No other prospect mentioned. If true, this is one hell of a deal, although I was higher than most on Wendle
December 8, 2014 - 12:37 PM EST
Deal is done.....Wendle goes to A's.
December 8, 2014 - 12:36 PM EST
Moss is an Indian according to Jeff Passan on Twitter. No word on the return yet
December 8, 2014 - 10:41 AM EST
Joel Sherman says, Tribe and As inching closer to Moss deal. Tribe wants power, As want MIF.

Sherman also notes the Tribe (reportedly) has interest in Justin Upton. My question is: who doesn't?
December 8, 2014 - 10:32 AM EST
I wouldn't mind bringing back Pomeranz myself. However, Id prefer the more expensive (rental) Scott Kazmir, perhaps, in a larger or seperate trade.
John M
December 8, 2014 - 10:08 AM EST
GSon -- I couldn't agree more on Pomz. I've had the same thoughts for awhile now. It gives the Tribe a chance to get another LH in the rotation, as well as free up a starter (Salazar) to deal to get a bat. Plus, I think that Pomz is on the verge of having his Carrasco moment of understanding.
December 8, 2014 - 9:37 AM EST
Casual rumor talk that Evan Longoria might be available. If that is the case what about this scenerio from the Indians...Lindor-Frazier-Ramsey-Chisenhall-Bauer.

December 8, 2014 - 9:30 AM EST
I posted this on another forum.. Jung-ho Kang won't be posted until after the Winter Meetings according to Joel Sherman.. ( Link: ) This is a guy who could be on the Indians radar..he's RH'd, he has some pop.. can play multiple positions.. but, the competition he has faced hasn't been much higher than A+ level perhaps as high as AA... As a means of comparison...Eric Thames hit .343 with 37 homers in the same league as Kang's .354 with 39 homers in 2014.. Thames best ML year was 2011 when he hit .262 with a dozen homers... What this points out is that the level is clearly lower.. A Ryan Raburn / Mike Aviles like bid would probably be appropriate. This is one of the IFA's that could be brought into the Indians wigwam and have an effect as early as later in the 2015 season..

The Moss will make a decision by (fill in the date).. seems to have come and gone.. Who was that who gave us that tidbit?.. oh, doesn't appear as if the inside information had any source.. Agent? other?. If a deal with the A's does come to pass.. and it still might, the return for Moss being Wendle would be fine.. If the A's want a more ready for the show kind of player.. I wouldn't mind bringing back Drew Pomeranz as a spot start/LHRP... We'll see...

December 8, 2014 - 9:17 AM EST
*A's not Padres*
December 8, 2014 - 9:16 AM EST
Just wanted to throw this out there...

The Padres need a new SS, and have some good pitching (Kennedy, Cashner, Ross) available. I look for them to get a SS this week, possibly by trade.

Sounds like Kang might be posted next week. Word is he's drawing attention from clubs like the Mets, Giants, Padres, and other unnamed clubs.
December 8, 2014 - 8:40 AM EST
Might be just me but I'd much rather have Scherzer than Lester. I didn't really like that meltdown in the playoff game.
December 8, 2014 - 7:37 AM EST
There was also news, Starlin Castro and Troy Tulowitzki are not on the table at the winter mtgs. It seems like a good opportunity for the Tribe to move a SS in a deal for a bat or controllable SP.
December 8, 2014 - 7:32 AM EST
I'm in on Jung Ho Kang. I think might get some attention bc he plays SS, but is not a natural at SS. The Indians are one of several clubs that reportedly scouted him. They have had an increased pressence in the Pacific Rim, so I'm guessing the Tribe might have some interest in Kang as a cheaper alternative to FA. Kang has experience around the diamond, and might profile as a utility (versatility and power) type. I would like to see the Tribe pick him up at a reasonable cost. Since he will be posted under the old system the highest bidder wins, and Kang has no choice in the club. In other words, the club will have more leverage.

I suspect the winning bid could cost around $5-$8M, it's hard to gage bc it takes one club that thinks he's got legit power that translates. Fwiw, I have read he hit some big hrs, in other words they weren't line drive shots that barely cleared the fence. I've read, some speculation that the winning bid for Kang will be around $5M with the player salary landing around 4yrs / $12M.

Regardless,I'm like his versatility, and RH power. Id like to see the Tribe go get him (at that cost maybe a bit higher) even if they add Alex Rios, and Brandon Moss this week.
December 8, 2014 - 1:48 AM EST
The Korean infielder Jung Ho Kang is a bit intriguing despite the notion that he played a lot of games in hitters parks. Lots of talk that his lofty power numbers will not translate into the MLB.

Still think a team in need of an immediate option could do worse.

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