In recent years, the relationship between the Los Angeles Dodgers, Matt Kemp and his agent Dave Stewart, has been a strenuous one.
Former owner Frank McCourt signed Kemp to a lucrative eight-year, $160 million contract in November 2011, the season he was the National League MVP runner-up. At the time, it appeared the Dodgers had locked up a franchise-building piece that would lead them back to prominence.
However, Kemp has since battled multiple injuries and failed to resemble the player he once was. Kemp has been mentioned in trade rumors in recent weeks and according to Peter Gammons, Stewart’s hope is his client gets dealt:
Dave Stewart reiterated last night he hopes Dodgers trade Matt Kemp. Preference:Boston
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 27, 2014
The Boston Red Sox are in need of outfield help, but their interest in Kemp was reported to have subsided in June. Stewart recently stated Kemp was open to being traded, which Kemp later attempted to clarify.
The Dodgers and Kemp have been at odds over which position the outfielder is best suited in. Kemp has remained adamant on his stance that he’s a center fielder and in his desire to play every day.
After watching him struggle defensively, manager Don Mattingly benched Kemp and moved him to left field. With Yasiel Puig getting the latest opportunity to solve the team’s center field woes, Kemp has returned to right field — the position he played when he first joined the Dodgers — and played well.
While Kemp hasn’t been placed back in center field, he has started 48 of the last 50 games. As for Stewart’s hope that Kemp gets traded to the Red Sox, it potentially could become a reality if the two sides strike a deal centered around left-hander Jon Lester.
Although general manager Ned Colletti has historically been active in July and August, he stated Saturday the team may stand pat due to a smaller than usual trade market.
Kemp is currently hitting .273 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs. After this season, he has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract.
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