The Dodgers, after somehow fitting five players into three outfield spots for more than a year now, are trying to alleviate a numbers crunch that's become a problem for Matt Kemp (and could become one for manager Don Mattingly and the team, too), by finally seeking a new team for Kemp. The Dodgers are making calls, and rival executives have the feeling the Dodgers are ready to move on, if possible. And Kemp, an LA guy as an Oklahoma product could ever hope to become, apparently is ready to go, too.

“Eight years is a long time to be in one place,” Kemp's agent Dave Stewart, the former star pitcher, said by phone. “Sometimes change is good. This might be the time to change.”

Stewart hinted at that a week ago, first expressing an openness for Kemp's to be dealt to another team, preferably one that would play him in center field, a proclamation that mostly surprised Dodgers folks for its timing; he had played 42 of the past 44 games at the time.

Well, the trade talks are on, and if anything, the rhetoric has been bumped up a bit.

It's clear things aren't going the way Kemp sees them. It's just as clear the Dodgers are starting to see it his way in terms of the possibility of a trade; they are no longer saying they won't deal Kemp (or any of the other four established outfielders), and they are mentioning his name to potentially interested teams, as baseball writer Danny Knobler first said on Twitter.

Five teams are said to have shown interest, or at least talked to the Dodgers, and you can be sure L.A. will keep in touch with those teams.

There's little question Stewart is right. It's probably time for Kemp to go.

Everything you hear out of LA suggests the five-for-three situation is finally starting to weigh on some of the principals, two whom make $20 million a year and one who makes close to that. Mattingly has done a superb job keeping all the egos happy for a year, with perhaps an assist from timely injuries here or there. Yet, it's becoming clear that Kemp plus Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke (with top prospect Joc Pederson to come) is still a lot of talent for three spots.