Red Sox have weighed in on Matt Kemp
The Red Sox are one of several teams who have made inquiries on Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp according to the Globe’s Nick Cafardo. The Sox have probably made a few dozen of these types of calls on trades and free-agents, but Kemp is certainly intriguing.
Kemp is still owed six years at about $130 million, but it would appear the Dodgers would have to eat some of the contract in any deal in order to receive fair player acquisition.
Kemp, 29, had an injury-filled season last season limiting him to 73 games and played in only 106 games the year before. But prior to that he was a durable players playing in 155, 159, 162 and 161 games per season. His 162 game career averages are .293 with 26 homers and 94 RBIs with an .844 on base percentage. His best season was 2011 when he led the National League with 39 homers and 126 RBI to go along with a .324 average.
After the emergence of rookie Yasiel Puig, it has become clear to the Dodgers that they no longer have room for Kemp and outfielder Andre Ethier. Both can play center field.
The Red Sox will have a big void to fill in centerfield if they cannot re-sign Jacoby Ellsbury, and adding either Kemp or Ethier to play center would allow them to keep 2013 Gold Glove winner Shane Victorino in right field.