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Matt Kemp | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Matt Kemp hit a double and stole a base in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.
Kemp finished the game 1-for-3 with a run scored, a stolen base and a double. The steal was his fourth of the season and a good sign for his legs, as he's clearly feeling decent enough to run. He finished the series against his former team with five hits in 11 at-bats, plus two steals and three runs scored, plus one ejection for arguing the home plate umpire. Productive series for Kemp, who's hitting .350 with 14 RBI and 16 runs scored in April. Apr 26 - 7:10 PM

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Matt Kemp was ejected from Saturday's game against the Dodgers for arguing a called strike.

Kemp had a very productive night before his ejection, finishing with two hits and a stolen base. Wil Myers will take over in right field with Alexi Amarista moving from shortstop to center field. David Ortiz got suspended for arguing with an umpire last week but we don't expect any further punishment for Kemp.
Apr 25 - 11:29 PM

Matt Kemp had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a pair of RBI singles in Monday's win against the Rockies.

Kemp started the onslaught of runs with a two-run double, sparking a five-run first inning. He added RBI singles in the second and fifth innings as well as the Padres went on to score 14 runs. Kemp is making quite an impression with his new team, batting .368/.393/.561 with 13 RBI in 61 plate appearances to begin the season.
Apr 21 - 12:00 AM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Saturday against the Cubs.

The first-inning blast off Kyle Hendricks was his first home run of the season. Kemp was very productive during the second half last year and he has largely picked up from where he left off with an impressive .340/.358/.540 batting line over his first 12 games this season.
Apr 18 - 6:37 PM

Matt Kemp went 4-for-5 with a two doubles versus the Giants on Saturday.

Kemp is still looking for his first homer for the Padres, but he's off to a nice start otherwise, with a .346/.393/.462 line and four RBI in six games. Thus far, Justin Upton and Will Middlebrooks are tied for the Padres team lead with one homer.
Apr 12 - 2:44 AM

Matt Kemp, facing his former team on Opening Day, went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI as the Padres lost to the Dodgers.

Kemp put the Padres up early with a first-inning RBI single. He then plated two with a two-out double in the fifth, responsible for all of his team's offense on the afternoon. Playing half his games in Petco Park should deflate his numbers slightly, but he is still capable of reproducing last year's .287 average, 25 home runs, and 89 RBI.
Apr 6 - 7:58 PM

Matt Kemp launched a two-run homer in Monday's win over the Reds.

The dinger came in the fourth inning off of Anthony DeSclafani. Kemp has mashed the ball all spring, as he's now hitting .375 with four homers, five doubles, a triple and 13 RBI. Perhaps even more importantly, he's looked healthy after whispers over the winter that he has arthritis in both of his hips.
Mar 30 - 8:42 PM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a solo home run as the Padres blanked the Cubs in Cactus League action on Monday.

Kemp is 9-for-20 (.450) with two home runs and seven RBI on the spring. That and continued good health are good signs for the Padres, who acquired Kemp as part of a complete offensive overhaul. Kemp bounced back into baseball's elite last season, finishing with a .287/.346/.506 slash line along with 25 home runs and 89 RBI.
Mar 16 - 6:57 PM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-3 with an RBI on Friday, leading the Padres to a 5-0 victory over the White Sox in Cactus League action.

Kemp's run-scoring single off Zach Duke in the fifth inning increased the Padres lead to 2-0 and they would never relinquish. While the move to Petco Park could detract from his home run totals, Kemp is fresh off a .287/.346/.506 effort and looks primed for another strong season in 2015.
Mar 6 - 6:14 PM

Matt Kemp was hitless in three at-bats in Wednesday's 4-3 Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

Kemp struck out once and also grounded into a double-play. The 30-year-old outfielder was quite productive in a bounce-back season for the Dodgers last year, finishing with a .287 average, 25 home runs, and 89 RBI. The Padres are hoping he comes close to replicating those numbers in a more pitcher-friendly home ballpark.
Mar 4 - 6:42 PM

Padres acquired OF Matt Kemp, C Tim Federowicz and cash considerations from the Dodgers in exchange for C Yasmani Grandal and RHPs Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.

The trade took longer than expected to be officially completed, reportedly due to the discovery of Kemp dealing with arthritis in both hips, but it's now in the books. San Diego will receive $32 million to cover a big portion of the $107 million Kemp is still owed. Kemp had a nice bounce-back season in 2014, batting .287/.346/.506 with 25 homers and 89 RBI. He'll be surrounded by less talent than he was last season, though the Padres have done their best to rebuild their offense.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:28:00 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers and Padres "have worked through lingering issues" and the Matt Kemp trade is "all but done."

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier Thursday that the holdup with the Kemp trade was due to the physical revealing arthritis in both of Kemp's hips. Despite the revelation, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne says the Dodgers will not have to give up any more than the $32 million they originally agreed to. The Padres will also receive Tim Federowicz from the Dodgers, with the Dodgers receiving Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin. Eflin will then be flipped to the Phillies for Jimmy Rollins.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 08:33:00 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the holdup with the Matt Kemp trade is due to the physical revealing arthritis in both of Kemp's hips.

Kemp's agent, Junior Spivey, told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Thursday morning that "everything is OK" and he is "just waiting on the final details" of the deal to be sorted out, but maybe this thing really will fall apart. Kemp is signed through 2019, and hip arthritis sounds like the type of ailment that is only going to get worse as he moves later into his 30s. Kemp was supposed to be headed to the Padres along with catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin. Nightengale says the Friars are consulting medical experts.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 12:07:00 PM

Matt Kemp's agent Junior Spivey said Thursday that he's "just waiting on the final details" for the trade that will send his client to the Padres.

There have been murmurings that something troublesome was found during Kemp's physical exam, but Spivey told Rosenthal that "everything is OK" and the five-player deal sending Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin to Los Angeles "should be good to go." The Padres may be trying to get the Dodgers to take on a bit more of the $107 million that Kemp is owed. Right now, L.A. is set to cover $31 million. Tim Federowicz is also headed to San Diego in the trade.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:34:00 AM

A Padres official told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the team is "still inconclusive" in its evaluation of Matt Kemp's physical.

The official also said the trade is "not yet" in jeopardy, and Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers have been told nothing in regards to concerns about the physical. The Padres were supposed to meet Wednesday to discuss the physical in advance of Thursday's deadline to complete the deal. There's certainly cause for concern that the trade won't be completed as-is, but we'll just have to wait and see how everything shakes out.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 07:54:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Wil Nieves
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Yangervis Solarte
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Wil Myers
2Melvin Upton
RF1Matt Kemp
2Will Venable
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Brandon Morrow
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joaquin Benoit
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Kevin Quackenbush
8Cory Mazzoni