From Jon Heyman’s latest at CBSSports.com …
SAN DIEGO — The Padres and Dodgers continue to work on a potential Matt Kemp blockbuster, and there appears to be some progress.
“It has legs,” said someone familiar with the talks, which have been going on for weeks.
The Dodgers are known to have their eyes on Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, but Los Angeles wants at least one other piece. Young pitchers Joe Ross and Zach Eflin have been floated as possibilities. Matt Wisler is doubtful to be included.
Kemp is owed a bunch of money ($21.5 million annually) through 2019 and he is not a good defensive outfielder, but the 30-year-old batted .309/.365/.606 in the second half of the 2014 campaign. San Diego has been desperately trying to add offense this winter after scoring an MLB-low 535 runs this past season.
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.