Nothing brings trade chips into play like the hot stove months of the offseason. MLB.com was nice enough to list the top offseason trade chip for each team in baseball, and the Dodgers’ candidate was not a surprising one. MLB.com lists Matt Kemp as the Dodgers top offseason trade chip, and take a look at what they have to say about the veteran gaining this distinction.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Matt Kemp
Kemp had a solid regular season, hitting 21 home runs with an .818 OPS in 146 games, but he disappeared in the postseason, hitting one home run with three RBIs with a .548 OPS in 13 games. Kemp is owed $21.5 million in the final year of his eight-year contract, and the Dodgers would surely love to save at least part of that salary.
It is true that Kemp had a great 2018 season. Surely, the Dodgers would like to offload his salary. However, does this make Kemp the top asset that could be traded?
The most exciting names to top the list that MLB.com compiled were Paul Goldschmidt, Ian Happ, Billy Hamilton, J.T. Realmuto, Joey Gallo, Carlos Carassco, James Paxton, and Jose Abreu. When compared against those names, Kemp may seem almost unheralded.
One might think if Kemp is the biggest name to be made available by Los Angeles, the Dodgers won’t get a huge return back. Do you agree or disagree?
Nevertheless, Matt Kemp was a phenomenal Dodger in 2018. Los Angeles doesn’t get back to the World Series without the things he did. There were stretches in which he put the offense on his back, and he was a positive influence on youth in the clubhouse. We should be forever in debt to him for that. However, the Dodgers have too many outfielders. They would like to be under the luxury tax. Even if Kemp isn’t the biggest name that they will discuss on trade phones this winter, he’s certainly the most likely for a multitude of reasons.