I have about 5 minutes before needing to run out, but I thought it’d be fun to throw these up quickly..
The Nationals would have interest in targeting Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp in a trade if the Dodgers make him available, according to a baseball source. Their potential interest in Kemp and other outfielders on the free agent market shows the Nationals may be open to a creative solution should they not re-sign first baseman Adam Dunn.
Bill Ladson of MLB.com, on 1B options for Washington:
James Loney, Dodgers: If he is available in a trade — some in the Nationals organization believe that he could be — look for Washington to go after him hard. He has been a consistent hitter the past three seasons with the Dodgers, averaging 12 home runs and 89 RBIs. One problem: whenever a trade is involved, look for opposing teams to ask for shortstop Ian Desmond or right-hander Jordan Zimmermann
I made a joke on Twitter saying “show me the team that isn’t interested in Kemp,” and got more than one joke back saying that it’s the Dodgers. There’s definitely something entertaining about the thought of the Nationals trying to upgrade their offense by going after Dodgers, isn’t there? You can expect a long winter of teams attempting to buy low on Kemp – as they should – but Ned Colletti’s been resolute that he’s not looking to move him. Besides, the only player on the Nationals who I’d be willing to move Kemp for is Ryan Zimmerman, and he’s rightfully completely untouchable. (Seriously though, I’d give up half the farm system for Zimmerman.)
As for Loney, I find the wording of his trade status interesting. “Some in the organization believe he could be” available in a trade? His salary is going up, his production isn’t matching… yeah, you better believe he’s available. I think the best the Dodgers are going to be able to do for him is a #3-#4 veteran starter type this winter, but if Jordan Zimmermann is somehow available – the former 2nd-round pick came back from Tommy John surgery to have a 1.59 ERA in 32 minor-league innings this year, and has a K/BB ratio of 3.05 in 34 MLB games – I’m definitely listening.