Orioles, Dodgers have discussed Matt Kemp trade


According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles recently reached out to the Dodgers to discuss a trade for outfielder Matt Kemp. Rosenthal suspects that this could be a leverage play to pressure Nick Markakis and/or Nelson Cruz into re-signing. Or maybe the O’s are actually viewing Kemp as an alternative if those free agents decide to depart.

Kemp had a really strong second half this past season in Los Angeles, batting .309/.365/.606 after the All-Star break, so the Dodgers might be leaning toward keeping him. They just lost Hanley Ramirez to the Red Sox, so Kemp’s right-handed power is something they’ll probably want to carry into 2015.

It’s going to take a significant trade package to get him to Baltimore, even though he’s owed big money. Kemp, 30, is due to make $21.5 million per season through the 2019 campaign.

Dodgers place pitcher Noah Syndergaard on injured list with no timetable for return

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CINCINNATI — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a blister on the index finger of his right throwing hand.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the timetable for Syndergaard’s return is unknown despite the 15-day designation.

“The physical, the mental, the emotional part, as he’s talked about, has taken a toll on him,” Roberts said. “So, the ability to get him away from this. He left today to go back to Los Angeles to kind of get back to normalcy.”

Syndergaard allowed six runs and seven hits in three innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, raising his ERA to 7.16.

Syndergaard (1-4) has surrendered at least five runs in three straight starts.

Syndergaard has been trying to return to the player he was before Tommy John surgery sidelined him for the better part of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Roberts said Syndergaard will need at least “a few weeks” to both heal and get away from baseball and “reset.”

“I think searching and not being comfortable with where he was at in the moment is certainly evident in performance,” Roberts said. “So hopefully this time away will provide more clarity on who he is right now as a pitcher.

“Trying to perform when you’re searching at this level is extremely difficult. I applaud him from not running from it, but it’s still very difficult. Hopefully it can be a tale of two stories, two halves when he does come back.”