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27 Matt Kemp LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 9/23/1984 | Birthplace: Midwest City, OK | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $20,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/76 | Average Draft Position: 94.56
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Source: Boston considering Jon Lester-for-Matt Kemp trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) The Red Sox are considering making a trade for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, a team source told ESPN. If the Red Sox pursue a trade for Kemp, then a key piece in the deal going to Los Angeles would likely be starting pitcher Jon Lester.

"If he's healthy," one top talent evaluator said of Kemp, "he would absolutely destroy that ballpark [Fenway Park]."


Report: Mariners interest in Matt Kemp is 'very real'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) The Mariners interest in Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is "very real," even with trading for the 29-year-old outfielder being a backup plan for Seattle, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. If the Mariners trade for Kemp, the idea would be to eventually move him to DH.

Matt Kemp racks up three hits in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp stayed hot Friday, in an 8-1 win over the Giants.

Kemp put together his third multi-hit effort in his last five games, as he went 3 for 5 Friday. He had two RBI in the game, both on his fifth-inning triple.

Kemp has struggled overall in the month of July, as he has just two extra-base hits in 64 at-bats. He is hitting .266/.356/.313 in the month, and .273/.337/.430 in 330 at-bats for the season.  


Heyman: Dodgers starting to shop Matt Kemp


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) The Dodgers have begin reaching out to other teams about a possible trade involving outfielder Matt Kemp, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman Friday.

Kemp's agent has expressed a willingness to accept a trade over the last few weeks, and Heyman reports the Dodgers have received interest from five teams. Kemp has appeared in 92 of 103 games so far this season, but the Dodgers have had to juggle five players for three outfield spots. The report indicates it hasn't left everyone involved happy.

Kemp is hitting .268/.333/.422 in 360 at-bats on the season, but has struggled defensively after an offseason that saw him undergo shoulder and ankle injuries. 


Dodgers considering change to outfield alignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said outfielder Matt Kemp has looked comfortable playing in right field that he's thinking about moving Yasiel Puig to center field. Puig was sidelined a third straight game Tuesday due to a hand injury.

Report: Dodgers trying to trade Matt Kemp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Dodgers are trying hard to trade outfielder Matt Kemp, according to baseball writer Danny Knobler. Kemp has five seasons left on an eight-year, $160 million contract.

Matt Kemp wants to be an everyday centerfielder


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) The agent for outfielder Matt Kemp said Wednesday that his client wants to be an everyday centerfielder, FOXSports.com reports.

"Whatever they want to do we’re favorable to, as long as it gives him an opportunity to play every day," Kemp's agent Dave 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 "isn't necessarily opposed" to a trade if it'll help him regain the chance to play every day in center field. He's owed $107 million over the next five seasons, though the Dodgers would likely be willing to include cash in a potential deal.


Dodgers not expected to make change to OF alignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday he doesn't expect to change the outfield alignment as Carl Crawford (ankle) is set to return from the disabled list this week, per MLB.com. 

"I'm not really planning on making any big changes right now," Mattingly said.

Mattingly added he's happy with Matt Kemp in left field, and the platoon of Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke in center field.

"I like what's going on in center," Mattingly said. "We're playing pretty well. We'll talk about it. But as long as we're playing well and continue to win, we'll have conversations with everybody."


Matt Kemp snaps out of funk with four-hit game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp snapped out of an 0-for-16 slump with a four-hit game Sunday afternoon against the Rockies in Colorado. 

Kemp singled in a run in the fifth and eighth innings, respectively. He added another pair of singles and finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI in an 8-2 victory. He is hitting .268 with eight homers and 33 RBI in 287 at-bats.


Matt Kemp getting night off against Rockies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) The loaded Dodgers outfield does not have room for Matt Kemp on Friday in Colorado. He is out of the lineup in favor of Scott Van Slyke.

Kemp hasn't earned a whole lot of playing time lately. He is hitless in his last 12 at-bats and has scored just one run since June 25.


'Nothing going on' between Red Sox, Matt Kemp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Despite reports the Red Sox could be targeting Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, a source tells WEEI.com there is "nothing going on." Boston needs to upgrade its outfield; Kemp is hitting .410 over his last 10 games.

Kemp is not on the trade market, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti insisted to The Boston Globe.


Red Sox scouting Matt Kemp


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) The Red Sox spent time scouting Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp last week, according to the Boston Globe

It's unclear if Kemp will actually be moved. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has said he's not going to move Kemp recently. Kemp has also started to heat up at the plate. Through 233 at-bats, Kemp is hitting .275/.335/.459. 


Matt Kemp working his way back to elite status?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Finally, Matt Kemp is producing like Matt Kemp. We should be thankful that it's better late than never for the Dodgers outfielder.

After a disappointing first two months, Kemp is batting .350 with a .420 on-base percentage, .600 slugging percentage and 1.020 OPS in 17 June games. He has two triples, two home runs, five doubles, 12 runs and 12 RBI as well. 

On Thursday morning's podcast, we were asked to buy or sell Kemp being able to keep this up this rest of the season? With little hesitation, I said buy. 

The big selling point for me is that it appears Kemp's plate discipline is returning. He's walked eight times and has a .509 on-base percentage in his last 13 games. He had all of 14 walks and a .291 on-base percentage in his first 51 games.

After dropping Kemp outside the top 40 in the Fantasy Baseball rankings for outfielders, I moved him back into the top 30 Thursday. He's definitely beginning to convince me that he's on track to returning to his old form.


Matt Kemp smacks seventh home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 4-2 win over the Rockies Tuesday.

Kemp has started to come around with the bat, collecting four multihit performances and two home runs during his current six-game hitting streak. With Tuesday's homer, he owns a .267/.331/.452 line with seven home runs, 25 RBI and five stolen bases in 221 at-bats.


Matt Kemp hits sixth home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp hit his sixth home run Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Kemp stepped to the plate in the bottom of the second with one man on. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Kemp hit an 82 mph changeup out to left center for the two-run shot. Kemp also added a single later in the game. He finished 2 for 4, with one run and two RBI.

Kemp is hitting .259/.325/.439 over 205 at-bats.


Manager: Matt Kemp is going to rake again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Don Mattingly expressed hopefulness that Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp will emerge from his current doldrums and perform closer to the level of his pre-injury heyday of 2008 to 2011.

Kemp showed signs of breaking out with a strong series against the Rockies before managing just one hit in eight at-bats in the first two games in Cincinnati. His season stat line rests at an unimpressive .247/.314/.419.

"I think Matt is better than .250," Mattingly told MLB.com. "I think he's gonna hit. I just know the ability's there. I know it's there. It's been there before, it's there again. He's not at an age where you say, 'It's not there anymore.'"


Matt Kemp gets start in left field Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is making his first start in left field since his rookie season Wednesday.

Kemp should see most of the playing time in left field while Carl Crawford is sidelined. He has struggled at his normal center field position this season, and the team hasn't put him in the starting lineup in more than a week. Kemp has hit .262/.325/.450 with five home runs, 13 RBI and five stolen bases in 149 at-bats.


Matt Kemp to begin working in left field


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who has been out of the starting lineup for three straight days, will begin working in left field, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Kemp's subpar defense has caused him to be removed from an everyday role in center field, and the team appears to be preparing him for a regular role at a corner outfield spot. He has hit .264/.327/.453 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 148 at-bats while making four errors this season.


Dodgers keep Matt Kemp out of lineup for third straight game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was out of the starting lineup Sunday for the third straight day.

Kemp, who had offseason ankle surgery, has been a defensive liability in center field this season, and manager Don Mattingly said Friday that Kemp may no longer be the team's everyday center fielder. He has hit .264/.327/.453 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 148 at-bats.


Matt Kemp taking seat Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Only three at a time can play among the quartet of potential starting outfielders for the Dodgers and the odd man out for the second game in a row Saturday is Matt Kemp. This marks the first time he has been benched in consecutive games this year.

Kemp owns a stat line this season of .265/.329/.456.


Matt Kemp's glove costing him playing time


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp's place in the team's short-term plans has taken a hit, as manager Don Mattingly told reports Friday he may no longer be the team's center fielder everyday.

Kemp's bat has been adequate so far this season, but an offseason ankle operation appears to have taken its toll on Kemp's abilities in the outfielder. Mattingly started Andre Ethier Friday against the Phillies and noted that, "center field has been a situation we continue to look at."

Kemp is not dealing with any lingering injuries at this point, but admitted to the Los Angeles Times his defense has been lacking so far.

"I'm probably not getting as a good jump as I need to on some plays," Kemp said. "I have to keep working and practicing on my defense."


Matt Kemp has first multi-SB game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp had a season-high two stolen bases during a 6-5 win Monday against the Marlins. He finished 1 for 3 with two runs, two walks and one strikeout.

Kemp has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. He is batting .417 (15 for 36) with a .475 on-base percentage, .556 slugging percentage and 1.031 OPS in his last 10 games. He also has one home run, two RBI, two doubles, four walks, six runs and two stolen bases.


Matt Kemp clubs fifth home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 6-2 win over the Giants Saturday.

It was the first home run of May for Kemp, who nonetheless has upped his hitting performance this month by going 13 for 28 in his last eight games. His line is up to .270/.341/.495 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 111 at-bats.


Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp solidifying their roles


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) The Dodgers are moving away from a full-time rotation in the outfielder, as manager Don Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times Thursday.

Mattingly told reporters Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier will battle for playing time at left field. That means Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp are solidified in their roles in right and center field, respectively. When they are out of the lineup, it will only be due to rest, Mattingly said.

Ethier has actually appeared in more games than any of the four outfielders, but it seems like Puig and Kemp will play more regularly moving forward; both are the only ones of the four with an OPS over .800. 


Matt Kemp out Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Kemp has gotten off to a poor start, hitting just .207 through 82 at-bats. The Dodgers will go with Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig against the Marlins.