Matt Kemp Could Be On His Way Out In Los Angeles

September 5, 2010 – 3:45 pm by Ryan Phillips

It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t big fans of the way Matt Kemp carries himself. It has long been implied that Kemp is more concerned with being famous than he is with being a good baseball player. One Dodgers exec even told a source close to me that Kemp was essentially clubhouse poison.

It should come as no surprise then that Kemp is making noise about wanting a big contract extension. Despite negotiating a two-year deal this past winter, Kemp is already chirping about needing to be paid more. The 25-year-old is slated to be paid $6.5 million in 2011 and could be on pace to get as much as $10 million in 2010 via arbitration.

Never mind that, Kemp is apparently making it known that he wants a deal similar to that signed by Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis before the 2009 season. Markakis inked a six-year, $66.1 million deal with Baltimore.

While no one doubts that Kemp is one of the most naturally gifted players in all of baseball, what would a team really be getting by signing him for that much.

This season his numbers are down from his .297/.352/.490 slash line and 26 home runs and 101 RBI from 2009. Heading into Sunday’s game Kemp had a .252/.314/.440 slash-line, with 22 home runs and 74 RBI. He has also already topped his strikeout total from last year (139) by racking up 142 punch-outs, and has stolen just 18 bases in 32 attempts, where last year he stole 34 in 42 tries.

So at 25, all of his numbers are down. He’s also been criticized for dogging it in the outfield and not showing the defensive range he did last year.

While Markakis has certainly not lived up to the deal he signed, no one has ever questioned his effort.

If the Dodgers can get good value in return for Kemp this offseason or even before the trade deadline in 2011, they’ll definitely pull the trigger on a trade. Someone will overpay for Kemp based on his ridiculous tools and potential.

This winter will see Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth as the only big time outfielders on the free agent market. That could make Kemp very attractive.

With the way he’s carried himself with the Dodgers, don’t expect him to be in the organization’s future plans.

UPDATE: So it seems our first commenter thinks this piece is totally unsubstantiated. I decided to do a quick search on other sites, outside of our sources for some other info on the Kemp situation. So yeah, it took me three seconds to find this, this, this, this, and this. So yeah, if sources like CBS, NBC, the LA Times, etc. completely agree with us and you don’t think they’re reliable, then yes, this is a total hit piece.

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  1. 13 Responses to “Matt Kemp Could Be On His Way Out In Los Angeles”

  2. This is a hitpiece.Unsubstantiated hitpiece.You should be ashamed of yourself for writing this drivel.

    By leslie on Sep 5, 2010

  3. Leslie,
    Read the new update to the post. Then talk to me.

    By Phillips on Sep 5, 2010

  4. I agree with Leslie this is a hitpiece. It’s quite funny that you didn’t post a link to the recent radio interview where Coletti did speak about Matt and where he’s speaking a diffrent tune about Matt and the team.

    By NICK on Sep 5, 2010

  5. I won’t miss him! Get something for him and rebuild.

    By Gnossos on Sep 5, 2010

  6. Nick,
    One of the reasons Colletti is singing a different tune on Kemp is that at the deadline the Dodgers looked to move him and no one wanted to pay anything near equal value for him because of his reputation. Since then the Dodgers have shutdown any negative things about him coming out of their organization.

    What makes more sense that Kemp has completely changed the way he’s been for his entire career, or that the Dodgers just aren’t publicly expressing frustration anymore?

    By Phillips on Sep 5, 2010

  7. Here is the thing none of this bashing Kemp makes sense.Ene though he is slump he still leads most of his tema mates in scoring to date.Truth is he’s better off with another team, I’m not saying Kemp might not have issues but to treat a player like that publicly is not good and if I was kemp I would ocntinue to slump and not let these MF use me to their own advantage, Kemp is smart I would not make a fuss either, let them trade him to another team them make his move onto bigger and better things.They can’t take his talent away for him and I’m sure he knows that.

    By Nick on Sep 5, 2010

  8. Another example of handling players the right way is the Yankees.Right now Jeter is in a terrible slump and you don’t hear the yanks publicly blasting Jeter or his attitude and I’m sure Jeter is worst than Kemp’s along with the fact that he’s paid way more than Kemp. Fact is the Dodgers have issues and they are trying hard to shift the blame from the real problems by blaming one player, right now the same attitude shit is being said about Manny since he was traded.I strongly believe Kemp is better off playing for another team, a change in a diffrent environment with people who care and respect him will do him good.All the rest of players who have departed the Dodgers are doing well,so Kemp will be no diffrent if and when he departs.

    By Nick on Sep 5, 2010

  9. Phillips – the correct response to the first comment was: your FACE is a hitpiece. BAM.

    By McD on Sep 6, 2010

  10. Get rid of Kemp and do all you have to do to
    sign Crawford.

    By B ob L. on Sep 6, 2010

  11. Matt Kemp is a significant contributor to my fantasy team, Lincecum Dumpster, losing 11 straight games after being in first place when the streak began. I agree with any and all negativity directed his way.

    By Hick Flick on Sep 7, 2010

  12. I agree that they should trade the guy….Matt Kemp is just not the answer….he looks like he is doing the wrong things on purpose and we don’t need somebody like that on the Dodgers team….

    By Vic Ochoa on Sep 8, 2010

  13. You’re absolutely right about Kemp. He’s a jackass. It’s not just that he’s arrogant – some of that quality being pumped into him by his idiot agent – he’s just dumb. Baseball stupid. He has no baseball instincts. I don’t care how much “raw” talent or how many so-called “tools” he has, he hasn’t played the game long enough to develop the proper instincts. Guys like that almost NEVER reach their potential, even if they do give it their all. (See Brian Jordan) Their chance to really get something for him, unfortunately, may have passed. Too many clubs are on to him now. Maybe get rid of the entire core. Ethier can’t hit lefties and he pouts if he does poorly, regardless of how the team is doing, Loney hasn’t the power or the numbers to justify his remaining at that position, Martin just plain stinks now that he’s off the juice (and talk about a big head) and they should say adios to Broxton and hand the ball to Kenley Jasnsen in the 9th. It’s another case of the Dodgers spin doctors typically overrating their young players. Without a Manny in the middle, regardless of his impotence, the true abilities of these guys are exposed. Start over.

    By Steve Freeman on Sep 14, 2010

  14. A source close to me says that you more or less internet poison, and it is implied that your an ass.

    By Table on Nov 21, 2010

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