The Los Angeles Dodgers made a run at a World Series this year but before they can load up their roster again, they have to unload some unwanted contracts. That’s been the case with outfielders Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp who the Dodgers are actively shopping to other teams around baseball. According to ESPN reporter Buster Olney, Los Angeles in discussions with as many as four teams about trading their pair of outfielders.
Dodgers currently in discussions with four teams on Kemp/Ethier possibilities.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 9, 2013
The teams weren’t identified by Olney but it appears that the Dodgers want to unload both players at the same time to get them off their hands. It makes sense since the Dodgers need to find a way to pay Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw what he’s owed and he’s far more valuable than both Kemp and Ethier are to Los Angeles.
Other reasons for moving the pair of outfielders include needing to make space for other additions that can shore up the lineup and ensure that a World Series run doesn’t end in the NLCS next year and only ends after the Dodgers hoist the World Series trophy. No matter the reason, it’s clear the Dodgers want to move Kemp and Ethier and seem to be getting close to doing so.