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"In a week, we should have some more definition," General Manager
The Dodgers will listen to trade proposals for any of their players, but are particularly interested to see what kind of market exists for their three veteran outfielders — Kemp, Ethier and
Kemp, Ethier and Crawford all have worrisome medical histories and large contracts.
Kemp, who underwent a major shoulder operation last year, played in only 73 games and is now recovering from left-ankle surgery. He is still owed $128 million over the next six years.
While Ethier drew praise for his play in center field in Kemp's absence, he has hit 12 or fewer home runs in two of the last three seasons. He is under contract over the next four years for $69 million.
Crawford missed a month with a hamstring injury, a disconcerting sign for a player who is heavily reliant on his speed. He has $81.5 million and four years remaining on his contract.
The assumption is that to move one of them, the Dodgers will have to pay a significant portion of the contract. However, whatever money they save could be directed toward
The Dodgers also figure to reach out over the next few days to the
Price won't become a free agent until after the 2015 season. To acquire him, the Dodgers probably would have to part ways with one or more of their top-tier prospects in the minor leagues — infielder
As for Tanaka, any team that wants him will have to wait for the implementation of new rules on how Japanese players can move to the United States.
The proposed changes would lessen the posting fees — the refundable fee paid by a major league team to a Japanese team for the rights to negotiate with a player — but players still wouldn't be able to negotiate with more than one major league team.
Major league teams are expected to gain some clarity on the situation this week.
If or when the 25-year-old Tanaka becomes available, he is expected to cost more than $100 million between his posting fee and contract. He was 24-0 with 1.27 earned-run average last season for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese league.
Like the Dodgers, the
The Angels also have some players they could package in a trade for a starting pitcher — including outfielders
To bolster their bullpen, the Angels could turn to the free-agent market, where the likes of