Orioles’ trade talks for Matt Kemp were “preliminary”


FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday that the Orioles had reached out to the Dodgers to discuss the possibility of acquiring outfielder Matt Kemp.

But it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen.

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun now says that the talks were merely “preliminary.” Los Angeles asked about the availability of young starters Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, and were given a firm “no” on both. There hasn’t been further discussion.

Kemp is owed a bunch of money ($21.5 million annually) through 2019, but he batted .309/.365/.606 in the second half of the 2014 campaign and the Dodgers now kind of need his right-handed power with Hanley Ramirez moving on to Boston. The Padres had also expressed interest in acquiring Kemp from the Dodgers.