Can the Mets trade for Matt Kemp?

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Right now, the Mets do not have the necessary, big-time pitcher needed to get Dodgers OF Matt Kemp. The Dodgers want to win now. They’ve invested A LOT of money in this run, so they want a tested pitcher back (like Jon Lester) to help make it happen.

The buzz in LA is they’ll deal Kemp because of his contract, history, he wants to play center field and that’s not going to happen with the Dodgers. So, they’ll pay a good portion of his remaining $100 million contract and give up a top prospect with him to get the pitcher they need to be put them over the top this October (Nightengale, July 29). And, the Mets just don’t have that player to give right now… and, if they did, they’d rather keep him.


MLB: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers


It’s not Bartolo Colon, at least not in a deal for Kemp. I know the Dodgers like Jon Niese, but he has no playoff experience and this current shoulder situation is a bit of mystery. So I don’t see a match.

Noah Syndergaard, Rafeal Montero, Jacob deGrom and Travis d’Arnaud are all really nice players, they’re terrific prospects, but they’re not going to help the Dodgers win a championship this year, which is their goal.

That said, if Kemp doesn’t get moved this season (or through waivers in August), I believe the Dodgers will consider a package of future prospects for Kemp this winter, such as the Mets pitchers listed above. But, right now, they want  a guy like Lester, like David Price, or both, which is why we keep seeing that rumor (and nothing with the Mets) over and over again…




116 comments
Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

Bartolo colon and someone else straight up for Kemp should get it done

grillruben
grillruben

He has a world of talent and needs a change of scenery. If Lester is dealt, Price stays put, I think you offer Gee for him. Gee is peaking in my opinion and realistically I don't see him as a front end guy. It's NY, new stadium, I'm sure they'll eat some money you make the deal if they'll take it.

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

The Mets should keep all of their pitchers. That way they could have a 10 man rotation and "Nanny" Collins could "save" them all from Tommy John surgery. No pitcher allowed to throw more than 15 pitches in a game. LOL

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

Wow - they think they can get Price or Lester, PLUS make someone eat that awful $100M anchor???

They're nuts. This guy is shot and that's $100M he's still owed. I'll give them CY, EYjr, and Tejada for him IF they eat half the contract.

Aurora Snow
Aurora Snow

Why in the blue hell would we trade for Matt Kemp? We're not good enough to contend, he's not very good anymore, and it's a complete waste of one of our pitching assets to trade for him. This is almost a laughable proposition.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

A friend tells me theres a rumor floating around that Twins offered Josh Willingham for Colon...Sandy better not make that trade!

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

If he "wants to play center field," why would we even be interested? Sit Lagares and play Kemp for $100M ? Are you kidding me!? Stop making this stuff up!

Mikey Tam
Mikey Tam

Why do we always consider other teams headache??!!!

Christian Pezzuti
Christian Pezzuti

The mets should not trade for Matt kemp. Nor should they trade for Tulo or CarGo, either. Save your chips and get a solid young piece that you'll control for years.

Armen Hagop Postoyan
Armen Hagop Postoyan

I heard Chris Young is available for trade. WORTH= 1 wooden bat and 1 baseball or is that too much. Any Takers.


knucky
knucky

Not that I'm at all interested in Kemp, but why does Matt feel that deGrom wouldn't help the Dodgers win a championship this year?  He's 5-2 with a 1.00 ERA in his last 7 starts and could easily be 7-0 if the Mets could score some runs. He could win several games for the Dodgers down the stretch.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

We're in the midst of another losing season with the 30th anniversary of '86 not far off in the distance.  No need to rush.  I'm sure a very significant minority of people who post here weren't around in '86, so they have no frame of reference for what it's like to actually win.  Best to maintain the status quo and Fredo's lifestyle.  Works for him. Stand pat and oversell the future, the rubes will still show up. 

robby
robby

I don't want Kemp he's not that good

Chris Molloy
Chris Molloy

Forget Kemp. You do not give up good prospects when you are taking on that contract. Plus he is not a very good player anymore, even if he plays well he will spend plenty of time on the DL and be a headache

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

Kemp is still being paid like he is a 40/40 threat and the first thing I see is we would have to pick up a good portion of his contract. Why is this even worth discussing?

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

Really?  Is Kemp really worth that much at this point?

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Forget Kemp, the Mets don't need to take on his hefty contract. Besides, Lagares is a better CF'der and a better bet for the future.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Full disclosure, I hate Matt Kemp. But hypothetically this states they would pay a good portion of his contract AND give up a top notch prospect. 

If they paid half his salary AND gave up Joc Pederson for Niese you wouldn't do it?

As bad as Kemp is at say 10M a year? I think I might if we got Pederson in the deal

heynow20
heynow20

The article said the Dodgers would be willing to eat a large portion of his contract plus offer a top prospect for a Lester or Price.  That's not a bad deal for the Red Sox if you can get Kemp for half what he is making now and a top prospect.  Don't forget, Lester is a Free Agent at the end of the season so its just a rental for the Dodgers and the Sox could get back Lester in the offseason if they wanted to...

heynow20
heynow20

I doubt Sandy would trade Colon for a guy batting .222 that is a free agent this offseason.  Doesn't really follow any moves Sandy has made (or not made) previously...

heynow20
heynow20

Well this is the MEts and they were technically sitting Lagares for EY Jr and CY to start this year so its not that far fetched unfortunately...

rico
rico

Keith Hernandez was another teams' headache

heynow20
heynow20

Its not that he couldn't; its that he isn't battle tested in the playoffs like Price or Lester.

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

@knucky On the same token, how would Colon not help them? Am I missing something? He's a very good starting pitcher.

heynow20
heynow20

huh?  I saw '86 but I'm pretty sure there was also a '00 and a '06 that were somewhere in b/t now and back then.  Sure, we didn't win in either year but I would consider those years to be "wins".

rico
rico

@citifield except the word on the street is that the dodgers will pick up some of kemps pay to get him gone

nym68
nym68

@citifield Cruz is not taking another one year deal. This is his last chance at a big contract and he's not screwing it up two years in a row

tk2120
tk2120

@MetsFan1962 kemp would never play cf here...he'd be in LF or they wouldn't get him

heynow20
heynow20

The Dodgers are not getting rid of Joc Pederson; they have said this many times.  It would be a top prospect but NOT Joc Pederson. They also pointed out they don't want a Niese-type for that sort of deal; they want a proven playoff pitcher like a Lester or Price for that kind of offer.

mets74
mets74

@Tarheel11 @Tarheel11 Absolutely would. 
But it would be crazy stupid on LA's part.

Kevin Connelly
Kevin Connelly

@Tarheel11 as bad as kemp is? he is statistically having the same year as david wright for what its worth

knucky
knucky

@heynow20 True but in order to win a championship, the Dodgers need to first make the playoffs...which is far from guaranteed.  deGrom could help them do that while the other guys Matt's mentions most likely would not.

rico
rico

@Eddie_Dean @Macacawitz It's getting better now that they are winning, go figure .


I know I'm going out to see D Grom asap

rico
rico

@heynow20 from 73-84 was pretty miserable for a mets fan and they had great players, it just never came together. Saw signings and rosters where you would pencil the mets in to contend and they'd get lost in palukaville.  The way the mets have won in the past is home grown star players augmented by a few vets and ringers.  So if the mets can secure a ringer or two, we may get another ring.


reckless spending and willy-nilly signings for the sake of PR gets you nowhere/  See the 91 mets

tk2120
tk2120

@nym68 @citifield yeah, after this season, Nelson Cruz is lookin at 3 years, 45 million....Mets aren't doing that.. hahaha nice edit..i dont like vicedio....


i'd do niese for kemp..wanna know what..i'd do colon & niese for kemp & some cash.. dodgers get 2 pitchers for the stretch & the mets lose the colon contract & as much as i love niese, he hasn't had one full healthy career ever... kemps our LF.. i'd do that....


and wanna know why...because they're not signing a big LF, and if you think they're going to part with any of our young pitchers for an injury prone cargo, you're nuts...besides, cargo is another beltran type who plays well, but doesnt seem to play super hard & when his tummy hurts, he sits for 2 weeks..id rather make a tulo move

zoddie
zoddie

@Kevin Connelly @Tarheel11  Offensively, that's true.  Defensively, it is not true at all.  Baserunning matters, too.  As do injuries.


Wright is a safer bet to bounce back - he has no injuries, nothing chronic, etc.


Kemp can't play defense anymore and he hasn't been a decent player (let alone good or great) in a couple of years. 

heynow20
heynow20

I agree 100% with you but the article seems to indicate that is the Dodgers thought process.  As good as Degrom has looked, it is a rather small sample size if you are trying to win now. 

rico
rico

@Tarheel11 @Kevin Connelly Kemp will be a Yankee and find his inner-superstar


it was meant to be

tk2120
tk2120

@citifield @tk2120 @nym68 dont get me wrong, i'd support any deal because this lineup makes me sad...but, i just see tulo as a ny guy & cargo as a guy this town would get on the same way we got on beltran