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Matt Kemp | Outfielder | #27

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 6 (0) / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Kemp had three hits and drove in three runs in a 13-7 victory over the Rockies in the Cactus League on Sunday.
One of those hits was a solo homer against German Marquez in the third inning, which gives him four on the Cactus League season. It's been impressive to see the 33-year-old outfield bash the ball like the Kemp of old, but it's hard to trust him as a fantasy option in redraft formats. He could be a player to target when he's in the lineup against lefties in DFS, however. Mar 11 - 7:34 PM

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Matt Kemp slugged his third home run of the spring Monday in the Dodgers' 8-1 Cactus League win over the Indians.

It was a seventh-inning solo shot off left-hander Ryan Merritt. Kemp showed up to Dodgers camp this spring in impressive shape and he's batted .313 with a 1.228 OPS through six Cactus League games, but the veteran outfielder won't carry much fantasy upside as a fourth outfielder in Los Angeles.
Mar 5 - 5:45 PM

Matt Kemp crushed a two-run homer on Saturday, leading the Dodgers in a 14-6 victory over the Diamondbacks in Saturday's Cactus League affair.

Kemp received a loud ovation from the home crowd at Camelback Ranch after being announced in his first at-bat and responded by taking Robbie Ray deep for a two-run shot to get the Dodgers on the board. The Dodgers would like to shed his salary prior to the start of the season and continue to peddle him to interested clubs, though he may wind up playing a major role for the Dodgers should they be unable to find a suitor. He's hitting .308 with a pair of home runs and five RBI on the spring.
Mar 3 - 9:17 PM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer in the Dodgers’ 13-5 victory over the White Sox to begin Cactus League play.

Welcome back, Matt Kemp. The Dodgers reacquired the veteran outfielder in a swap of bad contracts with the Braves during the offseason. Most assumed the Dodgers wouldn’t keep him around for long, but he’s in the mix for playing time in left field and is clearly motivated to get back on track after being plagued with leg issues in 2017. He looks noticeably slimmer. Enrique Hernandez, another part of the left field competition, also went deep on Friday.
Feb 23 - 8:32 PM

Harold Reynolds said on MLB Network on Tuesday morning that Matt Kemp lost 41 pounds during the offseason.

Reynolds added that Kemp was pushing to lose 50 pounds. It's a shocking number, but Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi recently said that the veteran outfielder has gotten himself into "great shape" this offseason. No matter the actual number, shedding some pounds should help with his persistent leg issues and by extension, his defense in the outfield. As of now, he's in the mix to compete for playing time in left field in his return to the Dodgers.
Feb 13 - 12:45 PM

Dodgers' general manager Farhan Zaidi said Saturday that he expects Matt Kemp to compete for the starting job in left field during spring training.

That is, of course, if the Dodgers are unable to find a trade partner to take Kemp and his salary off their hands before then. It sounds like it's just conjecture, telling the rest of the clubs that they aren't just going to give him away for nothing and are content keeping him on the team to start the season, but that still seems like an unlikely scenario. For what it's worth, Zaidi did add that Kemp has gotten himself into "great shape" this offseason.
Jan 27 - 3:56 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Dodgers have three or four potential trade partners in mind as they try to unload OF Matt Kemp and his bloated contract.

The team acquired Kemp last month in the Adrian Gonzalez trade with the Braves as the clubs swapped bad contracts. Kemp has two years and $43 million left on his deal. Heyman says the Dodgers have no plans to put Kemp on the active roster this season and hope to move him on to another team soon. They may need to send good prospects with Kemp in addition to paying most or all of his contract, or else take another team's bad contract in return. Heyman hinted Kemp is viewed as a clubhouse cancer in addition to his declining skills. He is no longer a superstar but still managed a .276 batting average with 19 homers and 64 RBI in 115 games last year.
Jan 26 - 9:54 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the trade market for Matt Kemp is "believed to be virtually nonexistent."

The Dodgers picked up Kemp over the weekend from the Braves in a trade that involved multiple bad contracts, but he's not expected to be on their Opening Day roster. Assuming they're unable to trade him elsewhere, the Dodgers will release Kemp.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 04:19:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Dodgers' plan is to flip Matt Kemp elsewhere in an effort to save more money.

The Dodgers swung a massive five-player deal with the Braves on Saturday, but it looks like their primary goal in doing so was to save money to avoid luxury tax implications and set themselves up better for the 2018 free agent class. Kemp is still owed $43 million over the next two seasons, and the club may have to eat some of that in order to deal him elsewhere.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 03:08:00 PM

Dodgers acquired OF Matt Kemp from the Braves for 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash considerations.

Kemp returns to the Dodgers, where he starred for the first nine seasons of his MLB career from 2006-2014. In doing this, the Dodgers upgrade their outfield and also shed some salary which should save them from luxury tax implications in 2018. Kemp hit .276/.318/.463 with 19 homers and 64 RBI in 115 games for the Braves in 2017.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 02:55:00 PM

Ken Gurnick of reports that the Dodgers have acquired outfielder Matt Kemp from the Braves in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash considerations.

Wow. The Braves needed to clear a spot in their outfield for top prospect Ronald Acuna, and this takes care of that problem. The 33-year-old outfielder is owed $43.5 million over the final two seasons of his contract, which explains why the Braves had to take back some bad contracts in the mega deal. It's the first major trade that Alex Anthopoulos has made since taking over as the Braves' general manager.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 02:44:00 PM

Matt Kemp (hamstring) had an RBI groundout as a pinch-hitter in the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Mets.

Kemp tweaked his left hamstring back on September 15 and has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since. With only six games remaining in the season, there's no need to push things.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 08:01:00 AM

Matt Kemp (hamstring) flied out as a pinch-hitter Sunday against the Braves.

Kemp has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since tweaking his left hamstring back on September 15. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on any meaningful contribution over the final week of the season.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 08:48:00 AM

Matt Kemp (hamstring) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday versus the Nationals.

Kemp was held out of the Braves' starting lineup yet again with a tweaked left hamstring and manager Brian Snitker acknowledged after Wednesday's game that the 32-year-old outfielder will likely be limited to pinch-hitting duties the rest of the way. In other words, don't expect any fantasy-relevant production from Kemp for the remainder of 2017.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 09:19:00 AM

Matt Kemp (hamstring) could miss the rest of the 2017 season.

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Kemp is "taking things day-to-day," but with absolutely nothing to play for, there's no reason to rush him back. At this point, it seems like it'd be an upset if he saw anytime in the outfield before the end of the season.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 05:22:00 PM

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1B1Cody Bellinger
2B1Logan Forsythe
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SS1Corey Seager
3B1Justin Turner
LF1Joc Pederson
2Matt Kemp
3Andrew Toles
CF1Chris Taylor
2Enrique Hernandez
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