The Khloe Kardashian rumors are another reason to steer clear of Matt Kemp

Matt Kempís Tabloid Romances Are A Red Flag

12/17/13 in MLB   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Sept. 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsIt’s not uncommon for teams that are trying to acquire a star player to have to take a salary dump along with him as part of the deal. Sometimes these players actually wind up helping significantly (Mike Lowell); sometimes they’re a forced addition to the deal (“If you want X, you have to take Y”) who will be released, benched or traded soon after. It’s a cost of doing business. That changes when the cost of doing business doesn’t include another player, but Khloe Kardashian of the Kardashians, famous for being famous and little else.  
 
The tabloids at first speculated that Dodgers' center fielder Matt Kemp and Kardashian were dating, then it was quashed saying they’re not dating. Most teams and fans would say, “Who cares?” as long as Kemp is healthy and hits. In many cases, the reality is irrelevant. But he’s only available because he hasn’t been healthy and wasn’t hitting last season. In an injury-shortened 2013, he produced six homers in 290 plate appearances and exhibited declining – almost uninterested – defense in center field.
 
Is it worth it if the trade includes the goiter that is the Kardashian family?
 
Teams that are considering trying to acquire Kemp from the Dodgers wouldn’t have to worry about taking other onerous contracts to get him because his is the onerous contract. He's 29 and signed through 2019 with $128 million remaining on his deal. In comparison to the numbers being tossed about for far lesser talents than Kemp, it would be a worthwhile risk to take. These are the pluses and minuses inquiring teams and the Dodgers have to calculate. Do the Dodgers want to Apr 3, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Television celebrity Khloe Kardashian prior to the game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports get Kemp off the payroll and out of the clubhouse to the degree that they’ll take a minimal return from a team willing to eat the money? Or will the Dodgers absorb some of Kemp’s contract to get better prospects in the deal? It certainly doesn’t help that Kemp has missed significant time in his past two seasons with hamstring, shoulder and ankle woes. Amid all of that, there’s a viable argument to roll the dice on him.  
 
When healthy and motivated, Kemp is a five-tool star with tremendous power, speed and great defense in the difficult-to-fill position of center field. The Dodgers are vacillating on trading him in part because it makes no sense to do it now when his value is so low and in part because they don’t have a pure center fielder to replace him. 
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12/17/13   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

billywa wrote:
I disagree with your argument that dating a Kardashian is the reason for Kemp's injuries and poor performance! I mean, look at Lamar Odom, he was married to a Kardashian and...oh wait...never mind...

Crack is wack. 

12/17/13   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Pat wrote:
I refuse to even acknowledge the possibility that Matt Kemp (or anyone else) would go from Rihanna to Khloe Kardashian.

My sights would be set higher as well, but to each his own I suppose.

12/17/13   |   billywa   |   658 respect

I disagree with your argument that dating a Kardashian is the reason for Kemp's injuries and poor performance! I mean, look at Lamar Odom, he was married to a Kardashian and...oh wait...never mind...

12/17/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

I refuse to even acknowledge the possibility that Matt Kemp (or anyone else) would go from Rihanna to Khloe Kardashian.