We heard last week that the Dodgers and Padres were talking about a possible Matt Kemp trade and FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that discussions are ongoing.
Nothing is imminent, as the Dodgers continue to talk to other teams and they aren’t considered closer to a deal with the Padres than they are with others, but there are some details to pass along. Specifically, it’s believed that Yasmani Grandal would likely be one of the pieces sent to the Dodgers as part of the deal while the Padres would receive some cash along with Kemp.
It’s been reported that the Padres are shopping Grandal, who returned from knee surgery to slug 15 home runs with a .728 OPS this past season. If acquired by the Dodgers, he would presumably share playing time with A.J. Ellis behind the plate.
The Orioles and Mariners are among the other teams who have been linked to Kemp this offseason. The 30-year-old still has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.