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Kemp, Lester among MLB stars who could be traded before deadline

Kurkjian: Dodgers to Make Moves?

By Sam Spiegelman
XN Sports

Four marquee players surfaced as a major trading chips over the weekend. With the MLB trade deadline rapidly approaching, they are among the biggest names rumored to be on the block and the biggest difference-makers available.

Thursday marks the deadline, meaning talks that started over the weekend are going to heat up Monday and Tuesday and could wind up coming to fruition by Thursday. Here's the four players most likely to be dealt:

1. Matt Kemp to the Red Sox

The Dodgers have long been rumored to be shopping their outfielders, and Kemp is the biggest name of the players available. A perfect landing spot, Boston, is in desperate need of outfield help. Call it a match.

ESPN Boston reported the Red Sox are mulling a trade for Kemp, with the only holdup being a question about the outfielder's health. If a trade happens, Los Angeles must be willing to take on some of Kemp's salary.

2. Troy Tulowitzki to the Mets

Normally sellers at the deadline, the Mets are looking to buy this year. And the team has its eyes on arguably the best shortstop in the game.

The Mets have reached out to the Rockies about Tulowitzki, according to Yahoo! Sports, and are prepared to offer their top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard to facilitate the deal.

Tulo is on the disabled list with a hip flexor strain. The Rockies are also receiving interest from St. Louis.

3. Jon Lester out of Beantown

The Red Sox and Lester have continually failed to come to terms on a long-term contract, and ESPN reported the team will likely look to deal the ace before Thursday.

This is the second big-time deal reportedly in the works between Boston and Los Angeles. The Sox reportedly covet the Dodgers' top outfield prospect Joc Pederson.

4. Ben Zobrist to the Giants

Even after acquiring Jake Peavy from the Sox earlier in the weekend, the Giants may not be done. FOX Sports reported San Fran had scouts watching Zobrist.

The Giants may start to get thin on prospects to deal, and with the Rays making a push in the standings, it may not be a sure bet. But what this shows is that the Giants are going all in to gear up for a World Series run.


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darkcloudstonite July 28 2014 at 5:03 PM

Kemp is a selfish player with a ridiculous contract, good luck on moving that cancer

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jdsept darkcloudstonite July 28 2014 at 6:54 PM

Read the article, Dodgers willing to pick up part of his contract. I doubt it will happen though. The Red Sox basically have given up on this season and now want young minor league players, nobody for the present season.

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Richard July 29 2014 at 10:48 AM

Kemp: overpaid and underperforming - for two years now. Dump him !

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Steve Stanford July 29 2014 at 7:46 PM

This whole event is all about money the soxs are going no plase fast so unload the weight They will be back in 10 or 20 years its over

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antares1140 July 29 2014 at 6:58 PM

Kemp, NO. Give Lester the money and sell the Boston Globe.

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smashingmonkey July 29 2014 at 2:50 PM

I'd be careful about a trade for Tulo. His offense isn't going to translate all that well to Citifield. He'd be an upgrade at SS, for sure, but I'd be hesitant to take on his salary. Especially while he's nursing another injury. The Mets aren't going anywhere this season. I'd hold onto Syndergaard and reassess everything in the winter.

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janka51 July 29 2014 at 2:23 PM

I can't understand why Americans watch sports anymore

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dd1820 July 29 2014 at 1:31 PM

I think Boston ownership thinks they are immune from riddicule after last years WS........you are seriously thinking its a good idea to trade your #1.........

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g23you2012 July 29 2014 at 12:51 PM

I would not take on Kemp's salary from the Red Sox. The Dodgers took on a lot of their before in that big trade. They take him on with the salary.

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CGEquity July 29 2014 at 11:19 AM


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georgessc July 29 2014 at 11:12 AM

Stupid play by Cherington, letting lester go. Now the Sox have zip for a pitching staff.

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rayser711 georgessc July 30 2014 at 10:30 AM

Its J. Henry that will not pay Lester.

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