Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers are “aggressively” trying to trade one of their three outfielders: Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, and Andre Ethier. They are not trying to trade Yasiel Puig. Rosenthal adds that the Dodgers are willing to include a “significant” amount of money for a good return.
All three outfielders are under contract and owed a lot of money:
- Kemp: $21 million in 2015; $21.5 million every season between 2016-19
- Crawford: $20.5 million in 2015; $20.75 million in ’16 and $21 million in ’17
- Ethier: $18 million in 2015; $18 million in ’16, $17.5 million in ’17, and a $17.5 million club option in ’18 with a $2.5 million buyout
Additionally, all three outfielders are in their 30’s, and in the case of Kemp and Crawford, are injury-prone. Despite their obvious talent, acquiring one of the three will be a risk for any interested team.
The Red Sox announced a handful of roster moves on Monday afternoon: infielder Eduardo Núñez has been designated for assignment, pitcher Hector Velázquez has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, and pitcher Ryan Weber and 1B/OF Sam Travis have both been recalled from Pawtucket.
Núñez, 32, has had an awful year, batting .228/.243/.305 with two homers and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances. He’s owed the remainder of his $4 million salary. Odds are Núñez will pass through waivers and become a free agent, after which his odds of landing with a team will go up.
Velázquez, 30, tossed 36 pitches in an inning of work against the Dodgers last night, taking the loss after allowing three runs in the 12th inning.
Travis, 25, is back for his second stint in the majors this season. Thus far, he has a .387 OPS in 31 trips to the dish.
Weber, 28, has accrued 19 1/3 innings thus far, allowing 11 runs on 24 hits and three walks with 14 strikeouts.