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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34 Comments on "Dodgers Have No Intention Of Trading Kemp"


dc21892
5 years 17 days ago

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

5 years 17 days ago

including a media shitstorm

dc21892
5 years 17 days ago

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

5 years 17 days ago

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 17 days ago

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

5 years 17 days ago

including a media shitstorm

RiverKKiller999
5 years 17 days ago

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

RiverKKiller999
5 years 17 days ago

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

East Coast Bias
5 years 17 days 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 17 days ago

But his value might just keep sinking.

aap212
5 years 17 days ago

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

diehardmets
5 years 17 days ago

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

diehardmets
5 years 17 days ago

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

aap212
5 years 17 days ago

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

diehardmets
5 years 17 days ago

But his value might just keep sinking.

5 years 17 days ago

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.

5 years 17 days ago

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

East Coast Bias
5 years 17 days 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?

5 years 17 days ago

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 17 days 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!

East Coast Bias
5 years 17 days 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?

aap212
5 years 17 days 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 17 days ago

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

aap212
5 years 17 days ago

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

5 years 17 days ago

Bad. Nothing should be taken off the table.

5 years 17 days ago

Bad. Nothing should be taken off the table.

Guest
5 years 17 days ago

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

Flharfh
5 years 17 days ago

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

Guest
5 years 15 days ago

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

Guest
5 years 17 days ago

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

dieharddodgerfan
5 years 17 days 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.

dieharddodgerfan
5 years 17 days 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.

Shu13
5 years 17 days 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)

markjsunz
5 years 16 days 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.