MLB teams are exploring different options to upgrade rosters as soon as the season is over, and rumors abound about what may happen.
Trades are being discussed and some involve star players, which always revs up the rumor mill.
Among the players whose names are being thrown around are Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Angels first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo and free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz.
Here's a look at the latest rumors being discussed regarding this talented trio of outfielders.
Matt Kemp To Be Traded to Seattle?
Loaded up with four excellent outfielders, the Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly told teams they'll listen to trade offers for one of the four players, as noted by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
It didn't take long for a rumor to surface about one of those players, as Jon Morosi of Fox Sports had sources tell him the Seattle Mariners were interested in making a deal for Matt Kemp:
Sources: Mariners have expressed interest in trading for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who is available. @FOXSports1— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 13, 2013
Kemp missed more than half of the 2013 season with injuries, but he's a formidable power hitter when healthy. His best season came back in 2011, when he batted .324 with 39 home runs and 126 RBI.
There's no doubt the Mariners could use the offensive help. Seattle was one of the worst offensive teams in MLB last season, batting .237 while scoring just 3.85 runs per game.
Mark Trumbo Won't Be Going Anywhere if the Angels Can Help It
It's not surprising that Mark Trumbo is being mentioned as a player teams would like to trade for. He's hit 95 home runs and 284 RBI the past three years and is one of the most exciting young players in the league.
The Angels are reportedly looking for pitching help, as Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com notes, which is why Trumbo and others are being mentioned as potential trade bait.
It's also not surprising that the Angels would like to keep their star first baseman, rather than trade him away. Heyman reports interest is "huge" in the player, but he's the player the Angels would least prefer to trade:
interest huge in trumbo, but angels prefer to trade another (aybar, kendrick, ianetta, bourjos) http://t.co/bA8fyasaZf— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 13, 2013
Heyman mentioned a handful of teams (Marlins, Orioles, Rockies, Rays, Astros, Brewers and Red Sox) interested in Trumbo in his detailed report—all of which could certainly use a player of his caliber.
But it's hard to imagine the Angels would sacrifice one of their best offensive weapons to land pitching help. He's a fan favorite and a phenomenal player who produces on a regular basis for this club.
Nelson Cruz Being Chased Hard by New York Mets
Teams are always looking to add power to their lineups, and one of the best power hitters on the market right now is Nelson Cruz.
As noted by New York Daily News, the New York Mets are reportedly "going hard" after Cruz in free agency:
Source: Mets going hard after slugging outfielder Nelson Cruz: http://t.co/uYN91tVRUb— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) November 13, 2013
He was one of the players who received a 50-game suspension last year for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, but as we've seen so often in baseball, teams are quick to forget about past transgressions.
Cruz has hit at least 22 home runs and has driven in at least 76 runs in each of his last five seasons—including remarkably his suspension-shortened 2013 campaign.
Adding a player of his caliber would be a huge boost to the Mets in 2014.
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