With just a week to go before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Dodgers are "trying hard" to move outfielder Matt Kemp, according to a report from ESPNNewYork.com's Danny Knobler. As we wrote last month, the Dodgers are willing to move any of their outfielders not named Yasiel Puig in trades.
The Red Sox, Indians, Mariners and Rangers have all inquired about Kemp's availability, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com yesterday. None of those four teams made offers and Boston felt as though the Dodgers were not excited about the idea of moving him, so it appears that Kemp could stay in Los Angeles through the July 31 deadline.
Kemp, who turns 30 in September, has hit .268/.333/.422 in 92 games while hitting 8 home runs and appearing at all three outfield positions. He has said he is unwilling to be a reserve behind Puig, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford and would prefer to go back to his old spot in center field as well.
The largest obstacle in moving Kemp is likely his contract, which calls for him to be paid over $120 million through the 2019 season. That is an extremely high price to pay for a player who has struggled over the last two seasons after two consecutive All-Star appearances and a second-place finish in the NL MVP voting in 2011.