Dodgers star outfielder Matt Kemp has been the subject of trade rumors heading into and during the winter meetings, and latest team interested in the two-time All-Star is the Tigers. Detroit joins the Rangers and Mariners as teams that have contacted the Dodgers about Kemp, per Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
Kemp is due $128 million over the next six seasons, though the Dodgers are reportedly willing to eat a portion of the contract for a better return of players, per Rosenthal.
The outfielder hit just .270/.328/.395 with six home runs in 73 games in 2013, with disabled list stints for a hamstring strain, left shoulder discomfort, and an ankle sprain. Kemp had surgeries on both his ankle and shoulder after the season, but is expected to be ready at some point early in spring training.
Kemp is one of four Dodgers outfielders under contract through at least 2017, along with Carl Crawford (four years, $82.5 million remaining), Andre Ethier (four years, $71.5 million plus a club option for 2018) and Yasiel Puig (four years, $26 million, and won't be eligible for free agency until after 2019).
The discussions for Kemp seem to be preliminary, as Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said on Tuesday a deal for one of his four outfielders isn't imminent, telling Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, "We're fine without doing anything here" at the winter meetings.
Further complicating matters from Detroit's standpoint is the Tigers just signed Rajai Davis on Tuesday for two years at $10 million, so as Morosi tweeted, any move for Kemp would need to be accompanied by moving another outfielder, like Austin Jackson.
If the Dodgers do decide to trade Kemp or one of their outfielders, they will seek an abundant return.
"We can't sell off to sell off, then go into 2015 saying, 'Let's go get an outfielder on the free agent market.' We've seen the list. It's not overloaded with choices," Colletti said on Saturday. "There is a lack of impact outfielders that are going to become available in the near future. We better be sure that, if we make a move, it would help this club for a while."