Dodgers Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Actively Trying to Deal Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 12, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hitting a three run home run during the sixth inning of game four of the 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox on October 27, 2018 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly trying to create space in their crowded outfield by shopping two marquee players. 

Per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Dodgers are "actively trying to trade Yasiel Puig and/or Matt Kemp." 

Even though the Dodgers have yet to strike a deal, they have been among the most active teams through the first two days of the MLB winter meetings. 

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Monday that the Dodgers were among the teams talking to the Cleveland Indians about trading for Corey Kluber. 

Per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Cincinnati Reds discussed Puig as a potential trade target with L.A. 

Kemp will likely make more money than Puig in 2019. He is owed $21.75 million, with $2.5 million of that being paid by the San Diego Padres. The 34-year-old had a strong 2018 campaign with a .290/.338/.481 slash line and 21 homers in 146 games.

Puig is projected to earn $11.3 million in his final year of arbitration, per MLB Trade Rumors' Tim Dierkes. He hit .267/.327/.494 with 23 homers in 125 games. 

The Dodgers currently have eight outfielders who could start for them in 2019 if they keep Kemp and Puig. Chris Taylor, Joc Pederson, Enrique Hernandez, Cody Bellinger, Andrew Toles and prospect Alex Verdugo are also in the mix for the three spots. 

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