Matt Kemp trade to Padres “has legs”

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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.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.