Fresh off a three-game sweep of the rival San Francisco Giants, the now first-place Los Angeles Dodgers could be looking to move Matt Kemp for an ace on the mound.
Gordon Edes of ESPN.com writes:
He [Kemp] has had debilitating ankle and shoulder injuries that have limited his play the last two seasons, is still owed roughly $118 million on a contract that runs through 2019, and has a mixed reputation as a clubhouse presence, but the Red Sox are considering making a move for Dodgers outfielder Kemp, according to a club source.
According to Edes, Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester is the man the Dodgers would get in return. Star prospect Joc Pederson is waiting in the wings for the Dodgers, so the team obviously believes it can absorb the loss of Kemp's bat in the outfield.
That bat isn't as formidable as it was in 2010 when Kemp looked like the game's best all-around player. Back then he finished second in the National League MVP race to the Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun with 39 home runs and 40 stolen bases.
This season—after going 6-for-11 in the series against the Giants with two RBI—Kemp is hitting a respectable .277 with eight home runs and 40 driven in.
Lester would give the Dodgers another lights-out starter to come behind Clayton Kershaw in the rotation. The 30-year-old veteran is 10-7 with an ERA of just 2.52 and a WHIP of 1.12 for the Red Sox in 21 starts.
Kemp could flourish at the hitter-friendly Fenway Park, so the trade would seemingly work for both teams.
Lester might even find his way back to Beantown during the offseason when he becomes a free agent. Per Edes, Lester said this when asked if he would re-sign with the Red Sox if he was traded:
Yeah, why not? I mean, this is what I know, this is what I love. Like I've said many times, this is where I want to be. If they trade me, I completely understand. Like I said, no hard feelings. I know what they have to do for their organization. If that involves me, so be it. If it doesn't, I'll keep running out there every five days, pitching, and like I said, hopefully November we'll get something done.
Could be a win-win situation for Boston.
Alex Rios is a Wanted Man
It seems like every year Alex Rios' name is involved in trade rumors. This season is no different. Per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, several teams have shown interest in acquiring the Texas Rangers' outfielder.
The 33-year-old has seen a decline in his power numbers this season. He only has four home runs thus far, but he's hitting a solid .299 with a league-leading eight triples and 16 stolen bases.
His bat and legs could help several teams in the stretch run.
The Yanks Still Looking for Pitching
With a plethora of injuries smashing through the New York Yankees' starting rotation, it's clear the team needs to find some arms if it hopes to remain in contention in the American League East.
Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yanks have inquired about a lefty on the Chicago White Sox staff.
Heyman writes: "The Yankees, to no one's surprise, have checked in on White Sox lefty John Danks. The Yankees, having lost four starting pitchers to injury, are seeking to upgrade their rotation even after the acquisition of Brandon McCarthy is paying off early."
Despite all the bad luck, New York is still just four games out of first place in its division. A pitcher like Danks could give the team a shot in the arm down the stretch.