Matt Kemp was offered up to the White Sox in the recent trade talks that resulted in James Shields being shipped out-of-town. Jon Heyman reports the Padres are indeed trying to move the slugging outfielder, but is it possible to move him and his hefty contract?
The San Diego Padres are obviously in a sort of rebuild even though they publicly will not announce the fact. James Shields was the first of many potential trades the team will make. A.J. Preller is about to turn back into a rock star G.M.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 9, 2016
Moving Kemp is not as easy as one would think. His hefty contract is one issue, but there is also the fact he is a defensive liability at this point in his career. An American League team makes the most sense but he is still not going to be an easy sale. The Padres will have to eat significant money for the team to move him. That is a fact.
It is really troubling to see the team paying James Shields to play on another team. Now Matt Kemp might be in the same boat. As a Padres fan I am well aware this money allocated to other teams will surely affect the teams financial plans for the next few seasons. If the Padres are eating around $20 million per season for both Kemp and Shields, it will not be a positive thing.
In this piece Heyman mentioned Jon Jay, Andrew Cashner, Fernando Rodney, Derek Norris and Wil Myers as potential trade chips. Wil Myers?!?! Yes, that is what is being reported. I don’t see it personally, but I guess with Preller at the helm nothing is completely out of the realm of possibility.
This report about Kemp is nothing new. It is not a breaking news story by any means. The Padres have surely been trying to move Kemp for a while. With Alex Dickerson, Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe in the minors developing, the Padres have young replacements ready. We will see if A.J. can pull off a miracle and move Kemp without straining the Padres pocketbook too much.