Hunter Pence oblique injury: Could San Francisco Giants trade for Marlon Byrd, Matt Kemp or Carlos Gonzalez?
Aug 16, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Matt Kemp (27) calls out to Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (not pictured) following a fly ball out delivers a pitch in the first inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kemp (Padres RF)
With San Diego more than 10 games out of first place in the NL West race, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them move several major pieces before the calendar turns to September.
One of those could be Matt Kemp, who despite having a down year (.265/.313/.422, 14 HR, 69 RBI) is still an All-Star caliber player on both sides of the ball. The former Dodgers superstar has always hit well at AT&T Park too (.292/.355/.470 slash line).
Kemp has already been placed on revocable waivers, according to reports, though it’s unclear whether or not he’s cleared them. Either way, he certainly appears to be more tradable than teammate Justin Upton, who the Padres seem to be more keen on holding onto for the long haul.
If the Giants are truly interested, they would have to make the Pads cover a portion of his $21.5 million annual contract that runs through 2019. A heavy 2015 tax would come regardless, but that could be something they’re willing to stomach. The bigger question is whether or not the Padres are willing to do business with an NL West rival.
Next: Onto Carlos Gonzalez