We’ve already heard rumors suggesting the Los Angeles Dodgers are open to trading Matt Kemp. Hell, we didn’t even have to hear rumors to believe that considering the team decided to bench a healthy Kemp a few weeks back, resulting in the outfielder pouting over his potential demotion from center field to left.
With Joc Pederson sitting in the minors and Yasiel Puig locked into starting duties for the next decade plus, the Dodgers don’t exactly have a ton of room for the oft-injured, struggling Kemp who is owed a hefty amount of money over the next handful of years.
Because of that, it’s believed the Dodgers are open to moving the one-time near National League MVP and the New York Post speculates a handful of teams could have interest in the struggling slugger.
“Is it a gamble worth taking for Seattle to see if Kemp can protect Cano? How about the Mets or the outfield-desperate Red Sox?”
That ‘gamble’ includes the idea of trading for a 29-year-old with questionable attitude issues who hasn’t shown an ability to re-gain his former health or play a competent outfield. Compile that with his offensive woes and the fact that he’s owed $107 million dollars over the next five-years, it’s understandable why talks would balk at acquiring the former All-Star.
Of course, the chance to obtain a player of Kemp’s ability and talent is extremely rare, so to get a player like that you have to take a significant risk.
The go big or go home sentiment certainly seems to ring but with $107 million dollars left on the book? That might be too risky.