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ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports that the Red Sox are considering trying to acquire Matt Kemp from the Dodgers.
The Dodgers have reportedly been shopping Kemp around, and would likely have to eat a large portion of his remaining salary to make a deal work. Presumably, Jon Lester would be involved in the return package heading to the Dodgers.
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Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports that while he's considered a backup plan at the moment, the Mariners' interest in Matt Kemp is "very real."
Passan says the M's plan would be to eventually transition Kemp into a designated hitter role. Seattle is still searching for a right-handed bat even after the acquisition of switch-hitter Kendrys Morales. The Dodgers undoubtedly would have to eat a bunch of the $107 million Kemp is owed after this season, but they seem motivated to trade the outfielder. Kemp is hitting .273/.339/.429 with eight homers and 40 RBI this season.
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that five teams "are said to have shown interest, or at least talked to" the Dodgers about Matt Kemp.
Rival executives have told Heyman that they "have the feeling the Dodgers are ready to move on" from Kemp. It's no surprise, of course, as they have a logjam of outfielders and Kemp hasn't been thrilled about moving from center to left field. Kemp sports a decent .268/.333/.422 batting line with eight homers and 38 RBI this season, but the Dodgers will undoubtedly have to pick up a large portion of the $107 million Kemp is owed after this season in order to find a taker for him.
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Matt Kemp is not in the Dodgers starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
Carl Crawford draws the start in left field and bat second against opposing hurler Joe Kelly. Kemp, who has been the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks, is hitting .266/.329/.425 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 87 games on the year.
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Matt Kemp's agent, Dave Stewart, told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that Kemp wants to return to being a team's everyday center fielder.
"Whatever they want to do we're favorable to, as long as it gives him an opportunity to play every day," Stewart said. "He'd like to eventually go back to center field. He's not opposed to right or left. But his hope at some point is to get back to center." Kemp has played primarily in left field since May 28, and the Dodgers don't seem in any rush to get him back in center. With a glut of outfielders and other needs, it's not out of the realm of possibilities that the team shops Kemp in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Kemp or his agent expressing discontent with his current situation won't do anything to lessen that possibility.
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Matt Kemp is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.
It's just a day off. Carl Crawford is getting the start in left field in Kemp's place.
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Matt Kemp went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the Dodgers' 8-2 victory over the Rockies on Sunday.
Kemp snapped an 0-for-16 drought in a big way, as Sunday's was his first four-hit game of the season. The outfielder had RBI singles in the fifth and eighth innings, and he also scored in the fifth as well. Kemp is hitting .268/.329/.439 with 33 RBI and 37 runs scored on the year.
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Matt Kemp is not in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.
He's getting a rest after starting 35 straight games in left field. Scott Van Slyke is in left Friday in Kemp's place.
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According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, there is "nothing going on" between the Red Sox and Matt Kemp.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Sunday that the Red Sox "spent significant time" scouting Kemp at Dodgers games last week, but Bradford heard from a source Monday that there is "no momentum" toward a trade. Kemp is batting .274/.333/.460 with seven home runs and five stolen bases in 67 games this season for Los Angeles. He's making $21 million in 2014 and is owed $107 million between 2015-2019.
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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox "spent significant time" scouting Matt Kemp last week.
The Red Sox would like another right-handed bat and are evidently interested in Kemp, but Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told Cafardo that he's not going to trade the outfielder. Colletti's feeling is that, even with a big contract, Kemp's right-handed power is too valuable to part with.