October 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp (27) reacts with relief pitcher J.P. Howell (56) after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in game two of the 2014 NLDS playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
The Seattle Mariners, starved for outfield hitters while looking to shop OF Michael Saunders, should give the Dodgers a call on this one. As Rosenthal notes, it’s Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Carl Crawford on the trade block for the rich folks down in Los Angeles.
This coming from Ken Rosenthal and his fancy bow-ties:
One enticing piece comes in the form of money. As in, the Dodgers are willing to include a significant amount of money in a trade that nets the team a good return. This is key because each of these three outfielders is owed a fair bit of cash over the coming seasons:
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Matt Kemp is owed $21 million for the 2015 season, and $21.5 million for each of the 2016-2019 seasons. Carl Crawford is due $20.5 million in 2015, and $20.75 million in 2016, and $21 million for 2017.
Andre Either is owed $18 million in 2015 and 2016, $17.5 million in 2017, and carries a $17.5 million club option for 2018 that includes a $2.5 million buyout. At this point, none of these three outfielders is deserving of all the money they’ll be raking in for the coming seasons.
But with money coming back in a trade, should the Mariners consider jumping on the phone and getting their hands on a proven Major League outfielder? I think the time is right.