Will Matt Kemp ultimately remain on the Dodgers roster?
Matt Kemp is once again a Dodger after the massive salary dump trade the front office pulled off this off-season. Things are a lot different this time around for Matt Kemp. He is no longer an MVP worthy candidate, and his defense is very suspect. Although he was a centerfielder in his first Dodger tenure, Kemp is now a left fielder and one of the worst defensively.
The Dodgers are trying to find a taker for Kemp, but there are not many teams that are willing to take on much of Kemp’s contract. Kemp still has power so he could help an American League team where he can DH, but in the National League, he has little value. The Dodgers would likely need to attach a top prospect to Kemp to get a team to pick up some of the 40+ million dollars he is owed over the next two seasons.
There are multiple scenarios that could play out with Matt Kemp and the Dodgers this spring. They could end up finding a taker for him in a trade, he could be outright released, or the Dodgers could give him a shot to win the left field job and see if Kemp has anything left in the tank. Kemp is said to be in great shape as he’s worked out all off-season, so he realizes that this is one of his last shots at playing the big leagues.