Mariners Are Interested In Adding Matt Kemp
The Mariners re-acquired Kendrys Morales from the Twins on Thursday for right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor, and they’re not done trying to beef up their offense
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Mariners have Matt Kemp as a backup plan, but they’re interest in the outfielder is “very real”.
The team would ultimately envision him as their DH, however, rather than an outfielder.
Kemp is hitting .273/.339/.429 in 369 plate appearances this season for the Dodgers. It isn’t a bad line for an average major leaguer, but given Kemp’s history and contract they are a bit underwhelming to say the least.
Mariners‘ outfielders have combined to hit just .252/.291/.357 , though, so he’d be a pretty significant upgrade for them. The 29-year-old is making $21 million in 2014 and owed $107 million between 2015-2019.
The Dodgers have a outfield depth chart at the moment between Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, and Yasiel Puig, and top prospect Joc Pederson is knocking on the door and not far from being in the fold as well.