Matt Kemp has been involved in a lot of trade rumors this off-season, which is understandable given the outfield situation for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kemp has been riddled with injuries the last couple of seasons and that’s why the Dodgers are contemplating moving him in the first place.
Kemp had off-season shoulder and ankle surgery, so there’s some concern heading into Spring Training. However, Kemp is confident the ankle won’t be a problem this upcoming season. The ankle is more of a concern than the shoulder, but Kemp believes neither will be a problem.
The Dodgers have a crowded outfield and some were expecting the Dodgers to deal one of the four outfielders. Kemp and Andre Ethier were the popular names being thrown around in plenty of rumors so far this off-season, but teams are worried about Kemp’s inability to stay healthy.
Kemp hasn’t been the same since he was robbed of the NL MVP in 2011. He only played in 73 games last season and hit .270 with six home runs and 33 RBIs. If healthy, there’s no denying Kemp’s immense talent, but that remains to be seen.
If he’s as healthy as he believes he is, the Dodgers will be in great shape this upcoming season. Not only is Kemp an outstanding defensive center fielder, but his bat will make the Dodgers one of the better lineups in the majors. If Kemp does indeed stay healthy, he might be just what the Dodgers need to get over the hump.
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