Dave Stewart, Matt Kemp’s agent, made headlines once again as his client remains a focal point in trade rumors.
It was reported Thursday the Dodgers had fielded multiple calls from teams inquiring on Kemp, but nothing had yet to gain much traction.
On Friday, that transitioned to the Dodgers being the aggressors and calling teams to shop Kemp, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Also part of Heyman’s report were comments from Stewart alluding to the fact Kemp may be in line for a change after eight years in Los Angeles.
This now marked the second instance in just over one week that Stewart has made public statements regarding Kemp possibly being traded. Kemp later attempted to clarify the situation and said his desire was to play every day and he was happy to do so with the Dodgers.
However, he also has maintained his stance of wanting to play in center field. Manager Don Mattingly indicated that opportunity won’t come with the Dodgers and his actions haven’t suggested otherwise.
With Yasiel Puig recovering from a sore hand, Kemp was moved from left to right field. Puig returned to the lineup Friday and started in center field with Kemp remaining in right.
Prior to the Dodgers beginning their three-game series with the San Francisco Giants, Mattingly said the Kemp situation would not be a distraction, via J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News Group: