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Agent thinks Matt Kemp will be traded by the Dodgers

Dec 9, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

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This should super-charge the Matt Kemp trade speculation: Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he’d “be surprised” if the outfielder isn’t traded by the Dodgers.

“I haven’t heard a player’s name floated around like that and something not happen,” Stewart noted, adding that “Matt wants to be a Dodger as long as the Dodgers want him.”

Kemp struggled through shoulder problems this year, playing just 73 games while posting a career-worst .723 OPS, and he has $128 million remaining on his contract over the next six seasons.

  1. alexo0 - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    It feels like Kemp is feeling disrespected by the trade talk, and Stewart is now projecting that sentiment.

  2. koufaxmitzvah - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    And Don Mattingly was going to get fired. And then he was going to quit.

    I know this because I read the media.

    • skids003 - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      And we know the media is never wrong, or lies.

  3. sidelineshot - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Is best to move Crawford … but who would take on that contract?

  4. pastabelly - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    If this word is coming from Kemp’s camp, then it’s more likely that Kemp just wants out and I agree with Alexo0. Heard Dan Duquette mention how interested he is in Ethier. I was a little surprised by that. Maybe LA would rather trade Ethier, who hasn’t panned out like they would have hoped.

    To me, the Boston scenario that seems likely is contingent on Stephen Drew working out a deal with the Red Sox. The Red Sox would sign Drew, move Bogearts to 3rd base and trade Middlebrooks and Peavy to LA for Kemp (and some salary relief on Kemp’s contract).

    • yournuts - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Middlebrooks and Peavy to LA plus salary relief? Why would LA give Kemp away for nothing? THat makes no sense at all.

      • pastabelly - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Kemp is owed $21.5 million per year for the next six years. No team in its right mind would assume that contract even if it had to give up nothing. Ned Colletti understands that very well. This is one of those cases where the player is not worth the contract and that you have to eat some of the contract to move him. Middlebrooks is a cost controlled 3rd baseman who hits for power and Peavy is a back of the rotation starter who would probably do well in the NL.

        Kemp played in 106 games in 2012 and 73 last year. In 1/2 season last year, he also had only 6 homers. At this point in his career, Kemp is the definition of a risky contract. I could easily make the argument that he’s worth much less than the 45/3 that Beltran just got from the Yankees and the Sox wouldn’t bite on three years for Beltran.

  5. csbanter - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Any team that takes his contract should be fined for “stupidity”.

  6. yournuts - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    How is that 8 year guaranteed contract working out for trhe Dodgers now?

    • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Those aren’t my testicles speaking, because even my nutsack knows that speculation in the media doesn’t equate a general unhappiness by the fan base.

      • moogro - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        Thank you. The Dodger comments are fast becoming the worst collection of childish stereotypes and lazy speculation by the bloggers and out of town commenters on HBT.

    • raymondescamilla4816 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      who’s your team??

  7. spc7ray - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    This is just crazy–Do not trade Matt Kemp–Whats wrong with you people! Trade Eithier and or Crawford now when they will bot get you something and Kemp is still better than both of them!

  8. edavidberg - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Kemp’s contract is not bad at all. It ends at what age 35 or 36? These days players with Kemp’s talent are getting contracts until they are 40. Hopefully he can stay healthy next year and start producing like an All Star.

    • pastabelly - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Kemp’s contract would be great if we’re talking about the 2011 Kemp. He signed that deal after the 2011 season when he hit .324, had close to .400 OBP, had close to 40 HRs, and 40 SBs. An arthritic shoulder and a potentially career threatening broken bone in his ankle a couple years later and that contract goes from “not bad at all” to just plain horrible.

  9. snipedanglecelly13 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    I’m sure the Yankees or tigers would be willing to take on any contract lol

  10. kingkershaw - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Foolish foolish foolish to trade Kemp. Look at his states the last 7 games he played before he got shut down last season. He was doing major work. Plus I don’t necessarily think the Dodgers are all in for trading him. Ned Collleti said that he was going to gauge the trade value. Also saying that if anybody wants any of them to make an offer. If anybody wants Kemp they would likely have to offer their top 2 prospects at least. I think he stays.

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