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.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.