The Red Sox have not exactly come flying out of the gate this year, but don’t expect Boston to throw in the towel and be sellers at the trade deadline. Boston are always buyers, and this year they could be looking to import a big bat from out west to help them get back in the race. According to Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox have taken a “significant” look at Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.
However, as Cafardo cautions, Dodgers’ GM Ned Colletti has said Kemp is not on the block. Coming off a series of injuries, Kemp has rediscovered his stroke and is now hitting .275/.335/.459 with 7 HR and 28 RBI. He is however a big defensive liability.
With the Dodgers’ crowded outfield, a guy like Kemp is always going to come up in speculation. The latest news on him however is that the Dodgers likely won’t look to deal him until after the season. L.A. is still in it too, and they don’t necessarily feel an urgent need to deal pieces.
Kemp would be a huge addition to the Red Sox as they look to enliven their line-up with a big bat, but it doesn’t seem like a very realistic possibility. It looks like Matt Kemp will be staying put in L.A. for now.