Los Angeles Dodgers fans may have seen the last of Matt Kemp in blue and white, at least according to Kemp’s agent who believes there is a ‘strong chance’ the team will trade the MVP candidate come the winter meetings.
Because Stewart represents Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, he has heard all the trade talk swirling around his celebrated client, some of that speculation involving the Boston Red Sox, and he has a “strong feeling something could happen” at the meetings.
“This is the first time we’ve experienced this,” Stewart said. “This is the first time we’ve heard it this much, and the first time we really believe something could happen.”
There’s no doubt Kemp is among the elite in the league when he’s healthy, but staying out of the trainers room has been extremely difficult for Kemp who has only played in 179 games out of a possible 324 the past two seasons.
Add in that Kemp has undergone two surgeries on his shoulder the past two years and an ankle operation, the team is rightfully concerned about his ability going forward.
Finding themselves between a rock and a hard spot, the Dodgers can hope Kemp returns to form, though just a year into a $160 million dollar contract – it’s quite the risk to take.
Further injury would only reduce his asking price, so if the Dodgers are to make a move, there seems to be no better time than the present before Kemp finds himself ailing again.