Matt Kemp - Los Angeles Dodgers -- MLB Trade Rumors

The longer Nick Markakis remains on the open market, the more I wonder if he’ll actually be back with the Orioles in 2015. Tom Davis told us last week on the BSR Podcast that Markakis’ asking price is a bit steeper than the O’s expected it to be and he believes that the club feels like Markakis may not have been worth the $66 million they paid him during the duration of his six-year deal.

Now, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Birds have discussed a trade with the Dodgers that would send Matt Kemp to Baltimore. Rosenthal does add that these talks could be a leverage play to pressure Nelson Cruz or Markakis to re-signing with the O’s.

Kemp’s contract doesn’t seem to be one that the Orioles would be willing to take on. He’ll make $20 million in 2015 and $21.5 million annually between 2016-2019. Kemp hasn’t had a year worth that money since 2011, the year he should have won the NL MVP award.

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