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In case you were wondering, Matt Kemp won't be dealt

Jul 18, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

It should come as no surprise that the Dodgers have not even considered trading center fielder Matt Kemp. Because they shouldn't trade him.

A bit of news from the “obvious” stack this weekend.

As reported by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have no intention of trading outfielder Matt Kemp despite his down season.

“I’ve never floated his name,” Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said Saturday.
“He’s a gifted, five-tool player. He’s getting better and better. He’s
had a tough couple of months. It’s a baseball career. It’s not a
baseball two months. … I have no intention of moving him.”

And that’s how it should be.  Kemp is batting just .258/.313/.463 this season, well off his career pace of .291/.340/.477, but he’s only 25 and even the greatest superstars (not named Albert Pujols) go through a disappointing season or two.  He has a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger in his trophy case and he hit 26 home runs, tallied 101 RBI and swiped 34 stolen bases last season for Los Angeles.  Sure, the Dodgers could use a couple of starters, but selling low on potential greatness would be downright foolish.

  1. BIGBRUCE11047 - Jul 18, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I have been a Dodger fan since they made the move across the country in 1958. I am 63 years old and have seen many a young prospect spend their first three or four seasons with the Dodgers and when they finally got to the stage where they wanted to negotiate a big contract in order to stay, the Dodgers would deal them away. I guess the most noteable player was Mike Piazza. He was hitting the cover off the ball, hitting home runs and driving in runs. They dealt him to the Florida Marlins and he didn’t even have a chance to unpack his bags when he was traded to the New York Mets. The rest is history!! The point of all this is, I am surprised that since Matt Kemp is having a “down” year that the Dodgers haven’t put his name on the block. I sure hope he can stay with the team. He is among the four young guns such as Ethier, Loney, and Martin. It is just like when the Dodgers had Steve Sax, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey and Davy Lopes. They stayed together through their prime years and the Dodgers had some great teams because of it.

  2. Knight-of-God - Jul 18, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Kemp gets a lot of bad press because of his attitude but hes not that bad.My cousin works with his momma and she is good ppl. She wouldn’t let her boy be a selfish jerk. He is gonna turn it around.

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