While the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield picture has changed this season in the sense that players have switched positions, the fact remains there are five players vying for just three spots.

However, that may soon change. On the heels of a report the Dodgers have taken trade calls on Matt Kemp, they are also placing calls, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

The Dodgers are making calls, and rival executives have the feeling the Dodgers are ready to move on, if possible.

Kemp’s agent Dave Stewart previously stated his client was open to being traded and added a change may be in order:

Eight years is a long time to be in one place,” Kemp’s agent Dave Stewart, the former star pitcher, said by phone. “Sometimes change is good. This might be the time to change.”

The Dodgers resisted overtures to trade Kemp during the off-season, which may have been due him coming off season-ending injury and being perceived as damaged goods.

Kemp got off to a slow start this season before picking it up in June when he was moved to left field and received regular playing time following Carl Crawford’s injury and subsequent stint on the disabled list.

While Kemp was not particularly pleased with a move to left field, manager Don Mattingly didn’t sway from his decision and said Kemp was unlikely to return to center field.

Mattingly may have indirectly driven a bigger wedge between himself and Kemp when he labled Joc Pederson, currently in Triple-A, as the best center fielder in the organization.

Failing to see eye-to-eye on a position for Kemp has reportedly led to a rift between the manager and outfielder. With Yasiel Puig on the mend from a sore left hand, Kemp changed positions once again — this time to right field.

In previous years, the Dodgers made it known they weren’t interested in trading Kemp — their 2011 National League MVP runner up. The climate appears to have since shifted and though they would likely need to pay a portion of Kemp’s remaining salary, a trade now seems inevitable.
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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

11 Responses

  1. Steven L

    its too bad if they can work it out for matt to stay. hes a heckuva player. my thought is, he should fire dave stewart, who was always a bit of an ass, and the dodgers should fire mattinglys dumb ass, for alienating one of his best players.

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  2. Phil Madrigal

    The Taught came in my mind that the devil rays would trade Price or Kemp but I think the devil rays want prospects.

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  3. James Jons

    That’s just it though… as much as I love Kemp he isn’t one of our best players. He is not the same player he was even as early as 2011. Injuries and time have seemingly caught up with him. Still though, I would hate to see him go.

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  4. trublusince52

    I have always liked Matt Kemp, but his lack of hustle at home (when he injured his ankle), his often injuries to his body, means,to me, that he is done.

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  5. Sal

    First off, I think Mattingly show put Kemp back in center field where he feel more comfortable. The situation in the over crowded outfield needs to change somebody has to be traded. My opinion is that the over crowdedness is affecting the players hitting performance. So trade someone for some relief pitching.

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  6. Joe Pool

    I don’t think he will be traded this year. Have read other articles saying he won’t be traded. Also there are sure.a lot of typos in the comment section

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