Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp had just two hits and struck out six times during his three-game rehab stint with Triple-A Albuquerque. But that apparently doesn’t bother the Los Angeles decision-makers.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Kemp has been activated from the disabled list and is in the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the rival Giants. He’ll bat fifth and start in center. Yasiel Puig is playing left field and Andre Ethier is in right.
Kemp wound up missing a little over three weeks because of a right hamstring strain. He has batted just .251/.305/.335 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 51 games this season for the Dodgers, who are in last place in the NL West with a 33-42 record.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Orioles “are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can trade him by the end of the week.” There are reportedly “strong offers” for Machado from both the White Sox, per Ken Rosenthal, and the Cardinals, per Nightengale. The Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also reportedly involved in talks, though it does seem unlikely that the O’s would trade Machado to a division rival.
Machado, 25, is a guy around which a team could build a franchise. The Orioles, however, seem resigned to the notion that they will not be able to sign him to a long term contract once he hits free agency a year from now. If they do deal him, it would not be terribly shocking to see the O’s just go all-in with a full rebuild, putting relievers Brad Brach and Zach Britton and outfielder Adam Jones on the market, given that they too can become free agents following the 2018 season.
Machado had a down 2017, hitting .259/.310/.471, but still hit 33 homers and drove in 95 runs. In the two years prior he posted OPSs of .876 and .861. As such, the price for a team to acquire him will be high, even if he’s entering his walk year.