Padres, Dodgers have discussed a Matt Kemp trade

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From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Padres have shown interest in trading for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, though Rosenthal adds that the inquiry was not recent and that there’s “no deal close.”

Kemp batted .309/.365/.606 in the second half of the 2014 season and Hanley Ramirez just walked as a free agent, so the Dodgers front office might have to be overwhelmed with a trade proposal at this point.

Los Angeles will probably want to retain the right-handed power that Kemp is capable of providing.

The Padres have been linked to a range of players this offseason — both free agents and trade possibilities. This could be a case of due diligence on the part of new general manager A.J. Preller.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.