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Report: The Nationals are interested in Matt Kemp

Oct 9, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

The Nationals would have interest in acquiring Matt Kemp should the Dodgers make him available in a trade, a baseball source tells Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

According to Kilgore, the team’s potential interest in Kemp and other free agent outfielders indicates that the club is looking at a creative solution should the club fail to re-sign Adam Dunn this winter. 

Kemp’s star faded a bit this season, as he compiled a disappointing .249/.310/.450 batting line to go along with 28 homers and 89 RBI. The 26-year-old was an above average defender in center field in 2009 according to UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating), but his -24.3 UZR this season ranked last among qualified outfielders. He was also just 19-for-34 (56 percent) in stolen base attempts, which is actually worse than Nyjer Morgan’s success rate.

Kemp avoided arbitration by signing a two-year, $10.95 million contract with the Dodgers in January, so he is still owed $6.95 million in 2011 and remains under team control through the 2012 season.

Amid the drama of his 2010 campaign, Kemp’s agent Dave Stewart indicated to Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times that a trade could be a good idea for his client. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told Buster Olney of ESPN.com last week that he is not looking to trade Kemp, but would listen to offers. Kemp still has the potential to be one of the better all-around players int the league, so the Nationals won’t be only team calling.    

  1. SparksALot - Oct 9, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    I don’t see any type of deal the Dodgers could make with Washington. Nats wouldn’t trade Zimmerman, but he’s the only guy who I think the Dodgers would consider. The Dodgers are going to want good, young players that are affordable. Other than maybe doing a sign-and trade deal with Adam Dunn ( which I don’t think the Dodgers would want to do anyway with his age, limited defensive capabilities, contract size, and the fact they have a chance to sign him straight up) I don’t see anything that would work.
    All that said, I’m not adverse to trading Kemp if there is a great deal to be had. He has a terrible attitude and when he isn’t “feeling it” hes a mediocre ballplayer. Kind of like the Randy Moss of the MLB, without the multiple monster seasons. I say trade him to KC for Zack Grienke. See how he happy he and D-Stew are losing 90+ games a year.

  2. Mark - Oct 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    ” I say trade him to KC for Zack Grienke. See how he happy he and D-Stew are losing 90+ games a year.”

    Can’t be much worse then losing 82 with the Dodgers.

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