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.


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