Texas Rangers rumors: Matt Kemp, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder who is owed $7 million for the rest of this season and $107 million from 2015-19, has been the subject of inquiries from several clubs, according to Ken Rosenthal.
The Rangers are one of four teams identified as having inquired, although they didn't make a proposal, and their interest was described as only "cursory." Rosenthal also goes on to say that the Boston Red Sox, who also inquired about Kemp, didn't view the Dodgers as motivated sellers.
That makes a certain amount of sense, given that the 29 year old's trade value is as low now as it probably has ever been. Just to give Kemp away, the Dodgers would likely have to eat more than half of his deal, and so it probably is reasonable for them to hold onto him while seeing if his performance improves.
I'm not sure how much to read into this from the Rangers' standpoint, though it makes sense that they would be looking into potential long-term outfield options, which would make it easier for them to part with Alex Rios before the trade deadline. The Rangers also have a reputation for being fairly active on the phone lines, and thus this could just be them checking in so they could be in play in case the Dodgers were wanting to dump Kemp.