Boston Globe, who states the Los Angeles Dodgers will but both Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp on the block. I'll save a debate for or against Andre Ethier for another time and go ahead and say that there is absolutely no way the New York Mets will entertain the acquisition of Matt Kemp this offseason. Nor should they...
With the Dodgers set to compete for the NL Pennant this week, Kemp finds himself a member of the walking wounded yet again. Out of the post season due to an ankle injury, Kemp has already had shoulder surgery since his season ended. Despite what will be his second surgery on the injured wing, he is expected the be ready for spring training next season. However, 2013 was the second consecutive season in which Kemp missed major time due to injury, appearing in just 73 games.
Injury concern aside for the moment, the 28 year old Kemp is scheduled to make $21.5 million each season through the 2019 season and will take quite a haul (talent wise) to acquire from the Dodgers. He would instantly become the highest paid player on the Mets and consume nearly half of the teams potential budget this offseason. That's not a play I would expect Sandy Alderson to make in a million years.
Sometimes fans need to take their blinders off when it comes to players like Kemp. Yes, he is an excellent offensive talent with 30 home run and 100-plus RBI potential, but the injuries have come at an alarming rate in reach years. Two separate trips to the disabled list in 2012 for hamstring injuries, along with four more in 2013 for an ankle ailment. Scary stuff if your considering making him part of your outfield plans for the foreseeable future.
I don't need a comment from the team, or a report from an outside media source. The Mets need to gamble somewhere this winter, but Matt Kemp is not the type of gamble they need. He is not worth the commitment in talent the organization would have to send to Los Angeles to get him, or the financial liability he represents long term. Simply put, there is no way the Mets will be in on Matt Kemp.