Matt Kempís Tabloid Romances Are A Red Flag
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 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.