Dodgers Have No Intention Of Trading Kemp

The Dodgers have no interest in trading outfielder Matt Kemp, GM Ned Colletti told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.  Some have suggested that the club get rid of the embattled slugger, but Colletti says that he wants to keep him for the long haul.

"I've never floated his name," the General Manager said. "He's a gifted, five-tool player. He's getting better and better. He's had a tough couple of months. It's a baseball career. It's not a baseball two months.

"I have no intention of moving him."

Teams will unquestionably inquire on Kemp as the Dodgers look to upgrade their rotation at the deadline.  However, with injuries to Manny Ramirez and Reed Johnson, it wouldn't be wise to deal the 25-year-old at this time. 

Kemp, who has appeared in every game this season despite being briefly benched by manager Joe Torre, is having a down year by his standards.  In 400 plate appearances, the center fielder has a slash line of .258/.313/.463 with 16 homers.  His defense has taken a tumble as well, as demonstrated by his -29.9 UZR/150.


34 Responses to Dodgers Have No Intention Of Trading Kemp Leave a Reply

  1. dc21892 5 years ago

    If he was to be traded, he would bring a lot back to LA.

    • including a media shitstorm

      • dc21892 5 years ago

        And there’s not one already? He was benched and everyone was already on him and the Dodgers for it.

        • thus, proving GScotts point and in turn making you’re original comment irrelevant. theres a difference between benching a guy and trading a guy. Just ask hanley ramirez…

      • dc21892 5 years ago

        And there’s not one already? He was benched and everyone was already on him and the Dodgers for it.

    • including a media shitstorm

  2. RiverKKiller999 5 years ago

    Well that should shut a FEW of the (crazy)Braves fans about a Kemp trade.

  3. RiverKKiller999 5 years ago

    Well that should shut a FEW of the (crazy)Braves fans about a Kemp trade.

  4. East Coast Bias 5 years ago

    Wow, I had no idea his UZR/Defense was that bad. Even if they did want to trade Kemp, wouldn’t it make more sense to trade him at his peak, rather than the lowest point in his early career?

    • diehardmets 5 years ago

      But his value might just keep sinking.

      • aap212 5 years ago

        Why? You think he’ll develop a drinking problem or something?

        • diehardmets 5 years ago

          No, his stats could just keep sinking and his attitude could get worse.

        • diehardmets 5 years ago

          No, his stats could just keep sinking and his attitude could get worse.

      • aap212 5 years ago

        Why? You think he’ll develop a drinking problem or something?

    • diehardmets 5 years ago

      But his value might just keep sinking.

    • I can’t believe front offices like UZR more than the eye of their scouts. It’s based on such a small sample size that it’s really unreliable and shouldn’t affect his trade value much at all.

    • Using that logic, they should trade Ethier instead of Kemp.

      • East Coast Bias 5 years ago

        Well, yeah, but only IF they wanted to trade Ethier. You missed a very important part of the sentence… Here it is again:

        “EVEN IF THEY DID WANT TO TRADE KEMP, wouldn’t it make more sense to trade him at his peak, rather than the lowest point in his early career?”

        See it?

        • I saw it, but my point is I wouldn’t want Kemp. I would want Ethier. Then maybe they could talk me into taking Kemp.

          • East Coast Bias 5 years ago

            Debatable. Ethier is having a better year for sure… but I still think Kemp could be the more valuable player down the line. Then again, if I ran the Dodgers, I wouldn’t move any of the two!

  5. East Coast Bias 5 years ago

    Wow, I had no idea his UZR/Defense was that bad. Even if they did want to trade Kemp, wouldn’t it make more sense to trade him at his peak, rather than the lowest point in his early career?

  6. aap212 5 years ago

    If a 25-year old up the middle player is slugging .463 in a horribly disappointing year, you don’t trade him.

    • 14 Rocks 5 years ago

      Tell that to Frank Wren. He traded last year’s team MVP for table scraps.

  7. aap212 5 years ago

    If a 25-year old up the middle player is slugging .463 in a horribly disappointing year, you don’t trade him.

  8. Bad. Nothing should be taken off the table.

  9. Bad. Nothing should be taken off the table.

  10. Guest 5 years ago

    Name one player in baseball you would trade him straight up for.

    • Flharfh 5 years ago

      I can think of at least 20…he’s good, but a superstar.

      • Guest 5 years ago

        20? How about 1 who doesn’t go by the name of Hanley?

  11. Guest 5 years ago

    Name one player in baseball you would trade him straight up for.

  12. dieharddodgerfan 5 years ago

    Dodgers will NOT trade Matt Kemp. Period. End of story. In fact, I hope the Dodgers make no trades at the deadline unless they are within a couple games of the lead.

    I actually wouldn’t mind the Dodgers be sellers. I could see Manny clearing waivers AFTER the July 31st non-waiver deadline and I think they could get something for him from a team looking for a slugger.

    Bottom line, I would prefer the Dodgers stand pat unless they really show they are in it. I don’t want to overpay in prospects to rent a player. Not this year.

  13. dieharddodgerfan 5 years ago

    Dodgers will NOT trade Matt Kemp. Period. End of story. In fact, I hope the Dodgers make no trades at the deadline unless they are within a couple games of the lead.

    I actually wouldn’t mind the Dodgers be sellers. I could see Manny clearing waivers AFTER the July 31st non-waiver deadline and I think they could get something for him from a team looking for a slugger.

    Bottom line, I would prefer the Dodgers stand pat unless they really show they are in it. I don’t want to overpay in prospects to rent a player. Not this year.

  14. Shu13 5 years ago

    If they trade Kemp for a pitcher (which they desperately need) it just forces them to make another huge move in the off season to fill the holes of Kemp AND Manny….since the front office is in disarray w/ the divorce….I don’t see them make any moves unless it’s for role players like the moves they made last season(Jaime Carroll etc) Remember they still will be paying Manny for 2 more seasons after he’s gone(Colletti is the King of deferred contracts)

  15. markjsunz 5 years ago

    As the Dodgers are now backing up in the pack, and the McCourts have no intention of signing draft picks, or free agents or commit big contracts to the players they have it would be a good time to move Kuroda who has an expiring contract, and Kemp who is starting to look like this decades Raul Mondesi. Better to trade him a year early then a year to late. The padres went thru something like this and it was painful but now look at the talented young team they have.It is going to have to happen sooner or later. Why not do it now when you have the players to trade. Trade manny somewhere for the next six weeks and pay his salary for a better draft pick. Something McCourt is well aware of.

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