Dodgers’ Talks For Matt Kemp Deal Make No Sense

Clearly, Matt Kemp has been a disaster for the past two seasons, missing half the Dodgers’ games with an assortment of serious injuries. But, he is still the guy who missed a grand total of 11 games over the preceding four seasons, and who hit .324 with 39 home runs, 126 RBI and 40 stolen bases in 2011. He is a unique talent who earned the eight-year, $160 M contract he signed following that monster 2011 season. He has also won two gold gloves for his defense in center field.

Given that the Dodgers now have seemingly unlimited financial resources, and given that the outfield logjam of four starters for three spots is in reality a myth, as the four were all

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available for the same game exactly twice last season, it is a mystery why the team seemingly is willing to give away Kemp to whomever will take over his salary for a bag of beans.

Remember two or three years ago when there was talk of an even-up trade between the Dodgers and yankees, Kemp for the now 240-million-dollar-man Robinson Cano?

It would be a monumental mistake to trade Kemp under any circumstances, period, and a Pedro Martinez/Mike Piazza type fiasco to do so

without receiving comparable talent, which no team apparently is currently willing to do, given Kemp’s still questionable health status, recovering for shoulder and ankle surgeries.

One has to wonder if the pre-2011 rift between Kemp and GM Ned Colletti, healed for all the world to see and seemingly sealed with the big contract, is still a factor. Least one forget, after Kept received a $4 M deal for 2010, Colletti was quoted as saying of Kemp that “The base running’s below average, the defense is below average, … And you know, why is it? ‘Cause he got a new deal?”

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To his credit, though, Colletti was recently quoted as saying the Dodgers would not trade Kemp just for the sake of making a deal. To trade him at the low point of his value is just plain stupid, and the kind of thing that Dodgers’ fans thought would no longer be seen with the exit of the McCourt ownership and the well-healed and experienced leadership that took over.

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