Earlier we heard that the Los Angeles Dodgers were going to listen to trade offers for star outfielders Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. All of whom would draw interest from clubs around the league. According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Seattle Mariners have expressed interest in Matt Kemp.
Last season Kemp had a down year. He played only 73 games, and had 263 at-bats. Both those numbers are second lowest totals of his career. He also batted .270, had six home runs and a WAR of 0.5 in 2013. Kemp struggled with an ankle injury and missed a lot of playing time, he wasn’t available for and didn’t play in the post season.
The Mariners played in a loaded American League West division with the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics. They also struggled at the plated last season. The Mariners were 28th in batting average, 26th in on base percentage and 20th in slugging percentage.
Kemp primarily plays in center field for the Dodgers. In 2013, the Mariners had Dustin Ackley at center field. It would be an upgrade. In 113 games and 384 at bats, Ackley hit .253 with 4 home runs and had a 1.1 WAR.
Sources: Mariners have expressed interest in trading for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who is available. @FOXSports1
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 13, 2013