Jon Heyman reports that five teams “are said to have shown interest, or at least talked to” the Dodgers about Matt Kemp. The identities are unknown.
It may be that the Dodgers have the least interest in him given that they have a glut out outfielders, none of which are really playing in the position to which they’re best-suited at the moment. Still, moving Kemp could be tough. His production, while good at times this season, is nowhere near the level it was back when he earned te contract that is paying him another $107 million through 2019.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.