The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers were reportedly talking about a trade that involved Matt Kemp but things never really got anywhere near the point of a trade happening.
There were a lot of theories as to why a Matt Kemp trade never went down such as salary cap reasons, not enough pieces being involved or not enough cash coming back to Boston. But the real reason a trade never happened is a lot more practical than all that — the two sides barely talked.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox and Dodgers were never close on a Matt Kemp trade and weren’t even engaged in serious trade talks at all.
The Red Sox may have been scouting Kemp, but their dialogue with the Dodgers was virtually nonexistent despite the constant rumors about Kemp to Boston. The Dodgers were never going to deal Kemp, who has been one of their best righthanded hitters.
This flies in the face of so-called rumors that popped up in the 11th hour of the trade deadline that suggested the exact opposite of this report. But thanks to Kemp not being traded, the Red Sox have more cash to spend this offseason, which means their focus on bringing back Jon Lester is even more pure and rich than it was before.
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