Matt Kemp, whom has started 40 of the last 42 games in left field, wouldn’t be against a trade out of Los Angeles, according to his agent Dave Stewart. In fact, Kemp would be open to a trade, according to a report from FoxSports.com.
“Whatever they want to do we’re favorable to, as long as it gives him an opportunity to play every day,” Stewart told FoxSports.com. “He’d like to eventually go back to center field. He’s not opposed to right or left. But his hope at some point is to get back to center.”
Kemp, 29, has been a mainstay for the Los Angeles Dodgers and has been with the organization for his entire career. After his MVP caliber season in 2011, for which he was rewarded with an 8-yr, $160M contact, Kemp has struggled to stay on the field, due to a slew of injuries. In the meantime, the Dodgers have built one of the strongest teams in the major leagues around him and has filled out the outfielder with former and current All-Stars in Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, and Yasiel Puig.
This isn’t the first time that Kemp has used his agent to suggest that he may be willing to play for another organization. Before the season, Kemp used Stewart to get his point of view out that he wasn’t going to be happy in a platoon situation and would rather play for another team than not play every day.
It’s shame for the Dodgers that Kemp has gone through the media once again to get his point across. For one, the Dodgers lose leverage with other organizations when news gets out that he’s unhappy in Los Angeles. Two, the Dodgers are in the middle of a pennant race and have a legitimate shot to win the World Series this season. Would Kemp really throw away a shot at a title because he’s unhappy playing left field almost every day for one of the best teams in baseball?
I’m not sure what Kemp’s angle is here, but it would be a shame for the Dodgers to just trade away Kemp. He’s been a fan favorite for many years and provides one of the strongest right handed bats in the Dodgers lineup. Remember, the Dodgers only have Puig, Hanley Ramirez, and Kemp as right handed batters on most days. Ramirez is a free agent at the end of the season and Kemp’s potential replacement, prospect Joc Pederson, is also left handed. Losing Kemp would be a huge blow to the Dodgers and they’re not ready to give up on him.