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Red Sox interested in Dodgers’ Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp

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Matt Kemp

The Red Sox are one of several teams who have made inquiries on Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, according to a major league source. The Red Sox have probably made a few dozen of these types of calls on trades and free-agents, but Kemp is certainly intriguing.

The one player they probably have not weighed in on is free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano.

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Kemp is still owed six years at about $130 million, but it would appear the Dodgers would have to eat some of the contract in any deal in order to receive fair player compensation.

The Red Sox are obviously looking at all options to replace Jacoby Ellsbury in the event he will leave and sign with a new team as a free-agent.

Kemp, 29, had an injury-filled season limiting him to 73 games and played in only 106 games in 2012. But prior to that he was a durable player who appeared in 155, 159, 162 and 161 games per season.

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His 162-game career average is .293 with 26 homers and 94 RBI with an .844 on base percentage. His best season was 2011 when he led the National League with 39 homers and 126 RBI to go along with a .324 average.

The Dodgers, according to the source, have not been shopping Kemp, but teams have inquired. The Dodgers were reportedly recently in trade talks with the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners.

The Dodgers currently have Kemp, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford in their outfield mix so they could part with one of them, and Kemp appears to be the one that most teams want.

The Red Sox have engaged in talks with free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran and catcher Brian McCann.

The team has tried to limit their length of contracts and were beaten out by the Phillies on catcher Carlos Ruiz when the Red Sox would only go as far as two years.

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