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.

Diamondbacks extend Torey Lovullo’s contract through 2024 season

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.

The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.

Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.

Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.

The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.