Free Agency Rumors: Minnesota Twins In On Matt Kemp?


The Minnesota Twins are now in the thick of the free agency swing, just like every other team in Major League Baseball. As the Twins look to improve upon a 2014 that once again saw them hit the 90 loss plateau, they have a glaring need in their outfield. As they look to address left field in 2015, a Dodgers outfielder could be the answer.

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As we talked about during the trade deadline this season, Matt Kemp once again may be a name that would intrigue the Twins. Ken Rosenthal is reporting the the Dodgers are “aggressively” trying to move any and all of their outfielders not named Yasiel Puig.

For the Twins, Kemp could make the most sense. While Carl Crawford is another name that might fit in Minnesota, the one I don’t see being of interest is Andre Either. With Kemp, the Twins would have an immediate upgrade in left field, and a player that can both compete in the field and at the plate.

Despite struggling with injuries much of the past few seasons, Kemp is one of the best in the game when healthy. Los Angeles still owes Kemp at least $21 million each of the next five seasons. That is a number that the Twins, and likely no one in baseball, will take on.

However, with the Dodgers motivated to move the star, they could end up eating a lot of the contract, making it much more feasible for the Twins.

If Minnesota isn’t sold on Eddie Rosario as a left fielder, where he has been playing in the Arizona Fall League, he could be viewed as trade bait in return for Kemp.

Los Angeles also has Joc Pederson down on the farm, and with an already crowded outfield, expect at least two of the pieces to be moved.

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