Dodgers not close to trading Matt Kemp to San Diego Padres, GM says

Dodgers not close to trading Matt Kemp to Padres, General Manager Farhan Zaidi says

The Dodgers are not close to trading Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres, Dodgers General Manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday.

“I think the information that’s coming out there may be driven more by either what people are hearing in snippets or what people want to believe we’re willing to do than what we’re actually willing to do,” Zaidi said.

Over the first couple of days of baseball’s winter meetings, Padres officials have sounded confident about their chances of acquiring Kemp in exchange for a package that includes catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Zaidi said the stories of a potential deal are a reflection of wishful thinking on behalf of the media.

“That’s how I would characterize it,” Zaidi said.

The Dodgers are also entertaining offers for Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford. Zaidi said the Dodgers have received “multiple hits” on all three of their veteran outfielders.

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