There is a growing belief that the Los Angeles Dodgers may carry Matt Kemp into the season after all.
No one with the organization envisioned carrying him into spring training, and yet here he is, and they are dealing with it. While no one certainly thought there was much of a chance he’d be on the team when it counted, there are a few factors that make it possible:
- 1. The market for Kemp never was particularly good.
- 2. The market for Kemp is even worse in light of the fact that the outfield/DH/slugger market is a disaster, with several other players still available as free agents.
- 3. No one likes to cut someone with $43 million to go, even the Dodgers, who picked him up as an accounting trick to save money.
- 4. He is playing great.
- 5. He is in shape.
- 6. He is more cooperative than back when he was a star, taking flyballs when asked (in the old says, sources say there were times he’d decline).
- 7. He is still there.
The White Sox were mentioned here as a team that would make sense at least in a speculative sense, since they don’t currently have an obvious DH, but someone with the White Sox was pretty emphatic that that wasn’t something worth writing (critiques like that happen sometimes).
Meanwhile, people with the Dodgers are talking about the possibility that Kemp could be with them to start the year, possibly as part of a platoon with Joc Pederson in left field. They also have Alex Verdugo, Andrew Toles, Trayce Thompson and others. But unless someone from that group plays so well that it becomes obvious they should play – or some surprise suitor comes through for Kemp (unlikely at this point) – the idea he could start the year with the team seems to be gaining steam.