The hits just keep coming. I mean, the rumors. Anyway, let's hope they're only the stuff of silly speculation. Hits are very much needed.
Now, if you're the Dodgers, sure, you listen. That's basic due diligence. But unless they're just blown away by an offer, there should be no way Kemp is the one moved.
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Since ownership is so blindly in love with Puig (corrected: can opt into arbitration after three years of major league service time), he’s not going anywhere. So if they’re seriously listening to offers for Kemp, they must be finding a nothing market for
It's impossible to reject a trade when you unaware of what's included, but it is unlikely another team is going to include some can't-miss prospect for Kemp. As excited as fans are over the way Kemp finished last season (.306, 20 homers, 70 runs batted in, 23 doubles in his last 92 games), there are still all those injuries and struggles the previous two seasons.
So if you're not going to get some serious phenom in return, why trade Kemp? There's zero power available in free agency and it's becoming rarer in this post-steroids era.
I repeat: The unreliable, typically dour and frequently injured Ramirez just signed for $88 million for four years. Kemp's owed $106 million over the next five and he's a year younger. People who assume there is no way Kemp could get an equal contract if he were a free agent now, best look at Ramirez. Can't imagine it would be too far off.
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But this Dodgers' team is built to win it all, right now. It won 94 games last year, and it was considered a disappointing season. It's difficult to imagine that a team that is a player or a play away from the World Series is going to trade Kemp.