Things have quickly changed in the Matt Kemp saga that has been going on all season in Los Angeles.
While his agent was busy asking for a trade, Kemp has been busy on the field, providing the Dodgers with a steady bat and strong defense in right field. It now appears that Kemp will remain in Los Angeles after his recent success.
Speaking to Jeff G. from Power 106, the 30-year-old former All-Star talked about his recent move to right field:
I’m definitely comfortable. That’s my natural position getting drafted in and playing in the big leagues when I first got here was in right field. Natural position. Comfortable there. And just want to play and have fun. That’s it.”
Kemp played in right in 2007 and some of 2008 before becoming the everyday center fielder. Earlier this season, Kemp was moved from center field to left field and was unhappy with the initial move, vowing to return to center field. Manager Don Mattingly has expressed his intent to keep Kemp away from the position at least this season. Yasiel Puig has been moved to center and has already mentioned his comfortability in the new position.
Since July 5, Kemp is hitting .371 with 13 RBIs and has given the Dodgers production in the middle of the lineup. Rumors have slowed down in recent days, as it seems the Dodgers will not make any big shakeups before the July 31 deadline. For the time being, Mattingly has found an outfield situation that has led to four straight wins, including a sweep over the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers will continue to shuffle and shake the lineup to give themselves the best chance to win and repeat as National League West champions.
There is still time for a move to be made, but look for Kemp to be patrolling right field for the significant future.
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