The Cleveland Indians are 5 1/2 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central and after taking 3 of 4 from the Detroit Tigers they feel like they are in the division race.
The Indians have shown that they can beat the Tigers this season and now they could be looking for pieces to make a run at the AL Central.
Now the Indians are looking to buy at the MLB Trade Deadline and have inquired about L.A. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.
Kemp is a bit of an enigma. After signing a monster deal with the Dodgers he has missed time with injury and become part of a 5 man outfield platoon. In fact since his injury he has been more least mode than beast mode.
The Cleveland Indians must be thinking that a change of scenery would do Matt Kemp some good, even if that scenery is Cleveland.
The Indians probably wouldn’t have to give up that much to acquire Kemp but that depends on how much they are willing to pay of Kemp’s future salary.
As Ken Rosenthal points out any deal involving Kemp would most likely involve a lot of cash considering what he is owed on the rest of his deal.
Money is an obstacle toward any trade – Kemp will be owed about $7 million for the rest of the season at the July 31 non-waiver deadline, then $107 million from 2015 to ’19. The Dodgers almost certainly would need to include significant cash to facilitate any deal.
Players have been known to respond to these kinds of moves before. If Cleveland acquires Kemp and he is somehow able to find his beast mode again, it could make for an interesting stretch run in the AL Central.