Dodgers OF's available...what about Matt Kemp??
posted at 11/9/2013 9:56 AM EST
The above article reports that the Dodgers might be willing to move Ethier, Crawford or Kemp this offseason...since we all know there would be no interest in Crawford, the other two might be possibilities, with myself leaning toward Kemp!
If you want to find a suitable replacement for Ellsbury in the OF, Kemp might just be that guy. His trade value is probably at the lowest it will ever be, and when he returns to good health, and based on 2012 statistics, this guy would be a perfect fit. On the negative side he does have the baggage of a big contract still remaining...but now you might get the Dodgers to subsidize some of it with the remainder not being a problem for the Sox to handle.
Here's info from the article on Kemp:
Contract status: $128 million through 2019
Trade value: Moderate
Kemp, 29, managed only a 105 OPS+ and 0.5 WAR in 73 games this past year due to shoulder, hamstring and ankle injuries. It was a disaster, injury-filled year. Kemp was, however, a true monster as recently as 2011 (172 OPS+ and 8.1 WAR) and very good in 2012 (147 OPS+ and 2.4 WAR) around another hamstring problem. He just turned 29 in September and while the contract is scary, the excellent 2011-12 performance is too good ignore. Kemp won't net a huge return, but if the Dodgers agreed to kick in some cash, a number of big market teams would inquire. There's too much potential to ignore considering he's right smack in the prime years of his career.
- RF Victorino
- 2B Pedey
- CF Kemp
- DH Ortiz
- 1B Napoli
- C McCann/Salty
- LF Gomes/Nava
- SS Boegarts
- 3B Middlebrooks
Kemp's speed would lessen the loss of Ellsbury and bring another power right handed bat to Fenway.