Several media outlets are reporting the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles are in talks about a potential deal for veteran outfielder Matt Kemp.
The 30-year-old Kemp starred for the Dodgers during their second-half National League playoff run last season, hitting .309 after the All-Star break to go along with 25 homers and 89 RBIs for the year.
Kemp has spent his entire big-league career with the Dodgers and over the last eight seasons has hit 175 homers and driven in at least 89 runs on three different occasions.
But even with those kind of power numbers, the Dodgers stockpile of outfielders (Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier) has the team at least willing to entertain offers for the still solid Kemp. Still, with the team having recently lost right-handed slugger Hanley Ramirez to the Red Sox in free-agency, Kemp could find himself back for a L.A. encore next season, even though he’s set to paid over $20 million annually through 2019.
With both Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz free-agents and the team uncertain of their plans, the Orioles are desperate to add outfield punch. Cruz hit a 40 homers for the Orioles last season and drove in 108 runs. The steady Markakis hit .276 with 14 homers and 50 RBIs.[Photo Credit: Keith Allison]
Is the Dodgers’ new management trying to empty the stadium of fans as well of the batting order of its best hitter??
iow, are they insane?