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Matt Kemp has a huge game just before the trade deadline

Jul 30, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

Matt Kemp‘s name has been appearing in trade rumors. Not super strong ones, but he’s been talked about as an option for the Mariners and some other teams in need of a bat. Only problem? The bat has not been too fantastic over the past couple of years. At least not as fantastic as it was when he earned the gigantic contract he’s under right now.

GMs are usually smart enough not to put too much stock in small or recent samples when assessing a player, but if any aren’t, the Dodgers had better hope they were watching last night’s game against the Braves. That’s because Kemp went off, going 3 for 4 with two homers and four RBI. The homers weren’t cheapies. The first one barely cleared the wall — bounced on top of it actually — but it was to the opposite field. The second was to┬ádead center.

Of course they also were his first homers in over a month. And his health and defensive prowess — not to mention the money he’s owed — are still kind of a big deal. But will someone bite? Maybe not. But they may at least sniff a little after last night’s performance.

  1. dan1111 - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Isn’t this the kind of post that Craig would mock if written by another journalist?

    • paperlions - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      If it was, there would be approximately 1.7 million posts on HBT each day.

      This is the kind of thing just about every journalist writes…only they do it without noting that most GMs would put zero stock in such small sample sizes.

      Heck, the other day Craig posted the laughably stupid suggestion by Rosenthal that the Cubs could or should trade for Price, and Craig did it without a hint of irony or suggestion of how little sense the move would make from a baseball perspective.

      • dan1111 - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        I dunno “Murray Chass advocates trade for Kemp based on one game” sounds awfully plausible.

  2. nomar8477 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Trade him to Boston for Lester

    • dan1111 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      That would be a terrible idea even if he had hit three home runs in a game.

      • nomar8477 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        i agree..but lester is gone regardless…kemp isnt great..but him and a few prospects may be ok

  3. historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM


  4. rbj1 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    No L.A., Betances isn’t available.

  5. chargrz - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Kemp is un tradeable period! They still owe him over 110 million. Try and trade that contract with his history of injury. NO THANKS

    • dan1111 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      He is tradeable; it’s just a question of how much money LA would have to eat. The answer is definitely “a lot”.

  6. imakcds - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Maybe the GM who needs to take notice is Ned Coletti.

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