Matt KempThe Dodger community was buzzing last week when rumors about outfielder Matt Kemp and reality TV star Khloe Kardashian possibly dating started to make its way to the internet.

Kemp posted a picture of a Christmas tree on Instagram with the caption, “Best time of the year!! It’s gonna b a Cali Christmas this year”, which was the same tree that Kris Jenner, Khloe’s mom, posted days before. Rumors started flying that the two were dating, but according to Gina DiFalco of TheCelebrityCafe.com, the two are just “friends”:

However, a source close to Kardashian told People they’re definitely not dating despite going to Drake, John Legend and Jay Z concerts together lately. “They are just friends and have been for a long time,” a source said. “Khloé is absolutely heartbroken right now [over Lamar] and dating someone is the last thing she’s thinking about.”

In 2013, Kemp was plagued by injuries and the last thing Dodger fans wanted to hear was that he was dating another celebrity. It was just in 2010 that the 29-year-old outfielder and pop-star Rihanna started dating and his performance on the field suffered.

Kemp hit just .249 with 28 home runs and 89 RBI, but struck out an astounding 170 times at the plate. While it sounds like the two are just “friends”, it doesn’t mean dating isn’t an option for the two:

It could be heading [romantic] in the future, but Khloé wasn’t spending time with him when she was still with Lamar. She absolutely wasn’t.

Its been a busy off-season for Kemp so far as his name has been dragged through several trade rumors as many expect the Dodgers to trade one of their four high-priced outfielders. Shockingly, this is a story worth monitoring as any continued decline in his performance will be attributed to who Kemp is spending time with in his personal life.

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