Trader Dave is at it again! Just when you thought the Tigers were all done wheeling and dealing this winter an MLB network insider is reporting that the Tigers are still on the trade market.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Detroit Tigers have reached out to the Dodger about Matt Kemp.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2013
Jon Morosi’s involvement in this story is interesting. It was Morosi who first broke the Detroit Tigers deal for Rajai Davis. In his post about the winter meeting on Tuesday, Morosi speculates that the Tigers would be interested in Matt Kemp but may have to move Austin Jackson to make room in the outfield.
There are a couple of other reason a deal may be possible. According to reports, the Dodgers are willing to offer a substantial amount of cash to cover a large portion the $128 million left on Kemp’s deal. After sending a boatload of cash to Texas in the Prince Fielder deal a little extra pocket-money would be a welcome thing for the cash strapped Tigers.
Finally the last reason Kemp to Detroit may be possible is his relationship with former Dodger catcher and new Tiger skipper Brad Ausmus.
Kemp had a good relationship with new Tigers manager Brad Ausmus when the two were Dodgers teammates in 2009 and 2010. If Ausmus believes he can help Kemp unlock the potential he realized not long ago, his bosses might be willing to consider what would be one of the boldest moves in baseball this offseason.
Matt Kemp would certainly provide some good protection for Miguel Cabrera especially if Brad Ausmus can bring out Beast Mode in the outfielder. Matt Kemp at his best is potential 30/30 player. A unique combination of power and speed not seen in a modern Tigers uniform. Having that kind of player in a Tigers uniform is intriguing, even at the cost of an Austin Jackson.