The Dodgers do expect to trade OF Matt Kemp before Thursday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, their GM said (LA Times, July 31).
“No one’s ever heard me say we’re shopping Kemp,” he said. “That’s all in another world.”
Kemp, 28, who is batting .288 with 11 HR, has four years and $107 million remaining on his current contract.
Matthew Cerrone: The Dodgers want to win now. They’ve invested A LOT of money in this run, so they want a tested pitcher back if they were ever going to move Kemp. They were open to paying a good portion of his remaining $100 million contract and giving up a top prospect with him to get the front-line pitcher needed to be put them over the top this October (Nightengale, July 29). The Mets don’t have that pitcher to give. That said, if Kemp doesn’t get moved this today (or through waivers in August), I bet the Dodgers consider a different type of deal for him this winter.