Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp signed an eight-year, $160 million contract extension in November of 2011, and the 29-year-old outfielder has not come close to living up to the standard set by that deal. Now, Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, thinks the Dodgers will trade his client this offseason.
On Monday night at baseball’s winter meetings, Stewart said “something was brewing” in trade talks involving Kemp. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has said that he will listen to offers for all of his outfielders, since the team has a surplus of them.
The Dodgers currently have Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Kemp in the outfield, which means there will be an odd man out every game. Additionally, one of Los Angeles’ top prospects is 21-year-old center fielder Joc Pederson.
Each of Kemp’s past two seasons have been cut short by injuries. He has had surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder after each of the past two seasons. He also had surgery on his left ankle in October and is not expected to be at 100 percent in time for spring training.
The Boston Red Sox had been connected to Kemp, but general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell have both said they aren’t currently interested in adding the two-time All-Star.
Kemp finished second in National League MVP voting in 2011, when he hit .324 with 39 home runs and 126 RBIs. He posted an OPS of .985, stole 40 bases and finished the season with a WAR of 7.8. He has also won two Silver Sluggers and two Gold Gloves.
Kemp is still owed $128 million over the next six years, so it won’t exactly be easy to trade him, especially given how he’s struggled to stay healthy the last two seasons. The Dodgers may have to eat some of his contract in order to move him.