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Have we learned nothing from 2013? Unless we want Scott Van Slyke or a journeyman veteran patrolling one of the outfield positions for the majority of 2014, the Dodgers better hang tight with the four starting outfielders they already have.
Health has been a major concern for Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford recently, and Yasiel Puig's emergence last season means there are two spots for three guys. The issue here is that Kemp is the most injury-prone of all now, while Ethier and Crawford can't hit lefties. So what is a GM to do?
Apparently, he listens to offers for all three guys and potentially looks to move Kemp to Seattle if the price is right.
The well of young talent in Seattle runs very deep, but they've also shown interest in free agents like Jacoby Ellsbury and Grady Sizemore. Seattle has plenty of options and knows Kemp won't come cheap. Chances of a deal with them are low, unless they're willing to give up one of their young pitching prospects and a major league-ready player like Kyle Seager or Nick Franklin.
That's baseball-speak for "ain't gonna happen."
Crawford and Ethier would be easier to trade away, though they'd bring back a smaller return. Ethier, especially, put together a great all-around season and showed he could be versatile in a pinch, taking over for Kemp in center field for much of the second half.
Unless there is a team out there willing to overpay in exchange for a discounted version of Ethier or Crawford (assuming the Dodgers would have to pay most of any of these players' contracts in a trade), the Dodgers will start the season with four healthy (fingers crossed!), solid outfielders.
If there is any sort of promising offer that's too good to be passed up, the Dodgers could swing a move and narrow their outfield crop to three. But, again, chance are all four are staying put. For now, this rumor is hogwash.