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Report: Red Sox have asked Dodgers about Matt Kemp

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Red Sox may be intrigued by the name you see above. (USATSI)
The Red Sox may be intrigued by the name you see above. (USATSI)

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The Red Sox and Dodgers are no strangers to recent blockbuster trades that involve lots of salary changing hands, so on that front there's this report from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

The Red Sox are one of several teams who have made inquiries on Dodgers centerfielder Matt Kemp according to a major league source. The Red Sox have probably made a few dozen of these types of calls on trades and free-agents, but Kemp is certainly intriguing.

As Cafardo notes, Kemp is still owed $127.5 million over six years, which, needless to say, is a substantial investment. Presumably, the Dodgers, if they indeed have any interest in moving the 29-year-old Kemp, would need to include a rather large pile of cash in any such deal.

There's no doubting Kemp's skills when he's healthy -- he owns a career OPS+ of 126 and should have been the NL MVP in 2011. However, staying healthy has been a big problem for Kemp since the start of the 2012 season. Given that his injuries are the kind that tend to recurand given the depth and breadth of his contract, he'd be a risky acquisition to say the least. The Sox would, however, be "buying low" in a sense (Kemp played just 73 games last season and batted just .270/.328/.395), and the All-Star-caliber upside is established and undeniable. As well, Kemp, as a right-handed batter with power, would probably find Fenway an accommodating environment for a rebound.

It's merely an informed rumor at this point, but as the mammoth August 2012 trade involving Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett proved, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and his Boston counterpart Ben Cherington are comfortable partnering up for the huge deal.

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