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Matt Kemp | Outfielder

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Matt Kemp singled, homered and walked in Tuesday's 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Kemp finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. He has leveled off a bit since a dominant June (.900 OPS) and July (.894), coming into tonight with a mediocre .226/.277/.440 slash line in August. Fortunately for his owners, the power hasn't disappeared even as Kemp has struggled to get on base. Perhaps tonight's performance will shake him out of his mini funk. Aug 27 - 1:20 AM

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Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 with an RBI in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

Kemp had an RBI single in the fifth inning, and he left some runs on the table, too -- Kemp left a game-high six runners on base in the win. Even so, the outfielder has hits in eight of his past nine games, with three home runs, six RBI and six runs scored in that span. After a slow start to the year, he's got his line up to .284/.349/.469.
Aug 10 - 7:48 PM

Matt Kemp went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks in Thursday's 7-0 victory over the Angels.

Kemp came into this game batting .386 with six homers and 12 RBI in his last 12 contests. He didn't offer any fireworks tonight, but nobody will complain about reaching base three times. He also scored a run and drove in another. The outfielder is off to a hot start in August after posting OPS totals of .900 and .894 in June and July. Kemp is now slashing .283/.350/.472 overall in a resurgent 2014 campaign.
Aug 8 - 1:40 AM

Matt Kemp hit a homer in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Angels, finishing 1-for-4.

Kemp's solo homer to left center off Angels' starter Matt Shoemaker in the second inning put the Dodgers up 1-0. Because Dan Haren was dealing, that was a lead they never relinquished. Kemp is absolutely raking right now. He's corked six homers in his past nine games, stolen a pair of bases in his past four, and posted OPS totals of .900 and .894 in June and July, respectively. There aren't many better fantasy bets in the game at the moment.
Aug 7 - 1:23 AM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base in a loss to the Cubs on Sunday.

Kemp continued to see his season line climb, as Sunday was his seventh multi-hit effort in his last 14 games to bring his line to .285/.350/.472. The homer was his fifth in his last six games, giving him 13 on the year. Kemp was once one of the most talented all-around players in the game, and the healthier he gets, the closer he gets to regaining that form.
Aug 3 - 9:41 PM

Matt Kemp singled in the game-winning run Wednesday in the tenth inning against the Braves, garnishing a monster offensive night.

He went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI on Tuesday, and 3-for-4 with a round-tripper, walk, two RBI and two runs scored tonight. Kemp has gone 12-for-19 (.632) during the Dodgers' five-game winning streak. Kemp was batting .265 10 days ago, but his hot streak has spiked his average to .288, the highest mark the outfielder has posted since finishing at .303 in 2012. Don't count out the possibility of a fireworks display over the last two months.
Jul 31 - 1:51 AM

Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti strongly indicated Matt Kemp wouldn't be dealt before Thursday's trade deadline.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times quoted Colletti as saying, "No one's ever heard me say we're shopping Matt Kemp. That's all in another world." The Kemp rumors have generally been one-sided, with the Dodgers playing the role of the team listening, so it stands to reason that Kemp will remain with the club barring a strong offer before the deadline.
Jul 30 - 10:48 PM

Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI in Tuesday's 8-4 win against the Braves.

Kemp's two-run homer to the opposite field in the second off Atlanta starter Aaron Harang put the Dodgers up 2-1, and his two-run shot to dead center in the seventh gave Los Angeles a 7-4 lead. He went 103 plate appearances between hitting his last homer on June 25. This was the seventh multi-homer game of Kemp's career. His slash line is up to .282/.347/.453 to go with 10 homers and 44 RBI.
Jul 30 - 2:04 AM

WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reports that the Red Sox are "not looking to trade for" Matt Kemp at the moment.

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reported Sunday that the Sox were considering a run at Kemp, possibly as part of a package that would send Jon Lester to the Dodgers. Bradford, though, is hearing otherwise. The Mariners are known to have interest in Kemp, but Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan said Sunday that he's more of a backup plan for them at this time. The Dodgers will have to eat a big portion of the $107 million Kemp is owed after this season in order to make a deal happen.
Source: WEEI.com
Jul 28 - 8:14 PM

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports that the Red Sox are considering trying to acquire Matt Kemp from the Dodgers.

The Dodgers have reportedly been shopping Kemp around, but would likely have to eat a large portion of his remaining salary (he's owed $107 million between 2015-2019) to make a deal work. Edes suggests that Jon Lester -- who is scheduled to become a free agent this winter --- could be involved in the return package heading to the Dodgers. Los Angeles is known to be seeking a starting pitcher at the trade deadline and Boston would be a seemingly-excellent change of scenery for Kemp.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 27 - 5:20 PM

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports that while he's considered a backup plan at the moment, the Mariners' interest in Matt Kemp is "very real."

Passan says the M's plan would be to eventually transition Kemp into a designated hitter role. Seattle is still searching for a right-handed bat even after the acquisition of switch-hitter Kendrys Morales. The Dodgers undoubtedly would have to eat a bunch of the $107 million Kemp is owed after this season, but they seem motivated to trade the outfielder. Kemp is hitting .273/.339/.429 with eight homers and 40 RBI this season.
Jul 27 - 12:43 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that five teams "are said to have shown interest, or at least talked to" the Dodgers about Matt Kemp.

Rival executives have told Heyman that they "have the feeling the Dodgers are ready to move on" from Kemp. It's no surprise, of course, as they have a logjam of outfielders and Kemp hasn't been thrilled about moving from center to left field. Kemp sports a decent .268/.333/.422 batting line with eight homers and 38 RBI this season, but the Dodgers will undoubtedly have to pick up a large portion of the $107 million Kemp is owed after this season in order to find a taker for him.
Jul 25 - 3:22 PM

Matt Kemp is not in the Dodgers starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

Carl Crawford draws the start in left field and bat second against opposing hurler Joe Kelly. Kemp, who has been the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks, is hitting .266/.329/.425 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 87 games on the year.
Jul 19 - 12:45 PM

Matt Kemp's agent, Dave Stewart, told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that Kemp wants to return to being a team's everyday center fielder.

"Whatever they want to do we’re favorable to, as long as it gives him an opportunity to play every day," Stewart said. "He’d like to eventually go back to center field. He’s not opposed to right or left. But his hope at some point is to get back to center." Kemp has played primarily in left field since May 28, and the Dodgers don't seem in any rush to get him back in center. With a glut of outfielders and other needs, it's not out of the realm of possibilities that the team shops Kemp in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Kemp or his agent expressing discontent with his current situation won't do anything to lessen that possibility.
Jul 16 - 10:54 PM

Matt Kemp is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

It's just a day off. Carl Crawford is getting the start in left field in Kemp's place.
Jul 13 - 1:18 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Ellis
2Drew Butera
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Dee Gordon
2Justin Turner
SS1Hanley Ramirez
2Miguel Rojas
3Darwin Barney
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Scott Van Slyke
CF1Yasiel Puig
RF1Matt Kemp
2Andre Ethier
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Dan Haren
5Roberto Hernandez
6Kevin Correia
7Josh Beckett
8Paul Maholm
9Chad Billingsley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Brian Wilson
3J.P. Howell
4Chris Perez
5Brandon League
6Jamey Wright
7Carlos Frias
8Paco Rodriguez
9Chris Withrow
10Onelki Garcia
11Pedro Baez