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.
The Marlins designated utilityman Derek Dietrich for assignment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. This comes amid a flurry of moves on Tuesday night as teams prepare their rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.
Dietrich, 29, is coming off another strong season in which he hit .265/.330/.421 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 72 runs scored in 551 plate appearances. He played all over the diamond, spending most of his time in left field and at first base. Dietrich also played some second base, third base, and right field.
Dietrich is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $2.9 million this past season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $4.8 million in 2019. Cutting Dietrich represents a bit more than 4 million in savings for the rebuilding and perennially small-market Marlins. Dietrich should draw some interest, so the Marlins could end up trading him rather soon.
Wonder how J.T. Realmuto, now the longest-tenured Marlin, is feeling right about now.