Don Mattingly says Matt Kemp is everyday center fielder

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It’s one month into the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers are still just wrapping up some of the final decisions for their roster and everyday lineup.

Don Mattingly announced on Friday that Matt Kemp will be the everyday center fielder from now on. Mattingly, who recently dubbed Yasiel Puig the everyday right fielder, had the following to say about the decision (from Ken Gurnick of

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“Yasiel has established himself. ‘Dre and Carl are fighting for playing time. Yasiel, he’s turned into an RBI guy. He’s more patient and getting better pitches to hit. In the long run, he’s a 3-4-5 guy. He’s showing he’s that [Mike] Trout guy. He’s shown he’s moving in that direction.”

To be clear, Kemp was never that Trout guy because nobody is that Trout guy except the guy himself.

As for the rest of the outfield, that leaves Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford to fight for playing time. There is not necessarily a fit for a platoon because both men are left-handed. One cannot help but wonder if this paves the way for a trade, specifically if the Dodgers can find an interested trade partner for Ethier.