Vincent, a reader of MetsBlog:
There was a lot of talk about the Dodgers making their outfielders available, but no one has been moved. … It would have been great to get Matt Kemp. Did the Mets check in on those guys? If so, why weren’t they able to make a trade?
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Dodgers started listening to offers for Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Kemp just before the GM Meetings in early November (Rosenthal, Nov. 8), so much so that Kemp’s agent said he expected his client to be traded before Spring Training (Hernandez, Dec. 8). That has since changed, with Kemp recently saying he’s not being traded, following a conversation he had with management (Stark, Dec. 11).
The Orioles, Reds, Rangers, Red Sox and others were reportedly interested, mostly for Kemp or Ethier, but no deal has been made. My hunch has always been that Ethier is more likely to be traded now, and a move for Kemp would probably go down next winter (if at all). There seems to be a real concern in baseball about Kemp’s shoulder and ankles, putting in to question whether he’ll even be ready for 2014. So, it just seems to me like they’ll be better served moving him a year from now.
In either case, I never got any sense from people close to the Mets that these guys were ever a real consideration for Sandy Alderson. The Mets have kept an eye on Ethier for a good year or so, but the money and asking price has never lined up. Plus, the talk during the Winter Meetings had been that the Dodgers wanted at least two pitching prospects and would only pay a small portion of the remaining salary. While I once heard they were willing to eat up to a quarter of Ethier’s remaining $71.5 million, that no longer seems to be the case.