For the life of me I can’t understand why. The Dodgers are trying their darndest to move Matt Kemp. There’s only one problem, nobody wants him. The Dodgers are dangling Kemp in the trade market like a prime choice cutlet at a meat market, but nobody is biting. The market for Kemp is virtually nonexistent and the Dodgers are stuck with his contract.
It’s somewhat ironic that in order for the Dodgers to move all of those equally awful contracts off the books (Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy, and Scott Kazmir) that they end up stuck with Kemp. The 33-year old outfielder is still owed 43 million dollars over the final two years of his deal.
In order for the Dodgers to move Kemp they’ll have to include some prospects into the offer and even then there are still no takers. The longer it takes the Dodgers to dump him, the more likely it seems that he could open camp with the club.
The problem with Kemp is that he can’t play the outfield or run the bases anymore. He finished with a negative WAR in 2017. That’s a far cry from the 8 WAR he posted during his peak 2011 season. That year he led the league in home runs, RBI, and runs scored. He also stole 40 bases. Could the Dodgers be willing to at the least give him a look this spring?
I will admit that a big part of me would like to see Kemp return to the Dodgers and play. It’s strange because I know that it’s unlikely to happen. It would be a bad idea. Firstly he would be blocking other younger stronger players like Joc Pederson, or Alex Verdugo. The Dodgers would have to put Kemp in left field because the possibility of him playing center field went by by years ago.
Kemp can’t play defense, but there is still one thing he can do and that’s hit the ball out of the park. Kemp has posted better than respectable slugging numbers over the last several years. As a matter of fact from 2015-2017 the Bison has slugged 77 home runs and driven home 272 runs between the Padres and Braves. That’s about all he can do. He strikes out a lot, he can’t get on base anymore and we’ve already mentioned his defensive shortcomings.
Still a big part of me wants to see Kemp in a Dodger uniform again. I think it’s the nostalgic part of my brain. I guess you could say I’m a sick man. Indeed I am since seeing Kemp return to Chavez Ravine gets me a little excited. Search deep into the labyrinth of your mind. You know you would like to see this too.
Or maybe not. Again I’m just sick and in need of professional help. Regardless of that it would make sense for Kemp to go to an American League team where he could DH. The Dodgers will probably just end up releasing him. But wouldn’t it be cool if the Dodgers opened the regular season with Kemp in left field?
Oh my god I need help.