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.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.