Jul
27

Marchand: Yankees currently not interested in Matt Kemp

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Via Andrew Marchand: The Yankees do not have interest in Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp at the moment. Jon Heyman reports Los Angeles is shopping the 2011 NL MVP runner-up and his agent has said it might be best for both parties if he moves on. Kemp would welcome a trade if it allows him to move back to center field full-time, according to Ken Rosenthal.

Kemp, 29, is hitting .273/.339/.429 (119 wRC+) with eight homers in 369 plate appearances this year. He’s owed roughly $118M through 2019. There is almost always a point where it makes sense to acquire a player, especially someone of Kemp’s caliber, but I think this is the type of contract the Yankees have to avoid. The structural problems with his shoulder (surgery in each of the last two offseasons) suggest his power loss is not a fluke, plus he already contributes nothing defensively. Healthy Matt Kemp is a monster, one of the five best players in the world, but he hasn’t been that player for three years now.

Categories : Asides, Trade Deadline
  • gargoyle

    Is there a team on the planet that will stick Kemp in CF?

    • tom

      Or Kemp really wants to stay in LA.

  • Bill

    Would the Mets consider it? Hope so, because the Yanks don’t need any part of him. The young man from Cuba, Castillo, is a very interesting thought. Only thing you’d worry about is that he wouldn’t be another Cespedes or Puig, which given Cashman’s recent run of luck with position players, is a real concern.

    • gargoyle

      I really wanted them to make a run at Kemp last winter as I thought he was a good bounce back bet, but he my be cooked. Still, can’t help thinking s/one might get a bargain…

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        He has value still, but not as a centerfielder, and not enough to take on that contract.

        • I’m One

          Yeah, not sure how much of that contract LA would need to eat to make him worth it. It would certainly have to be enough that you wouldn’t worry about eating the remainder of the contract in the final 2 or 3 years. What’s that $$ amount? I’m not sure.

          • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

            He is still only 29, so it’s not like they are moving him at a bad age. I’d take him, but they would have to eat some money.

            • I’m One

              Young, yes, but with his injury history, his future production is suspect in my mind.

              • BK828

                Sounds a lot like what people were saying about Ellsbury last winter. To me, this all depends on what they would have to give up but if LA is just looking to unload that contract on someone, maybe Cashman could get him at next to nothing… relatively speaking.

    • tom

      Castillo at SS should be the first try.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Not even to mention we already have Beltran locked up. It would mean they wouldn’t have any room in their outfield until after 2018, and that is where all their prospects are.

    • Bill O

      Until someone gets injured which happens every year. Also they don’t have that many great OF prospects. Judge is the only one right now that is doing much of anything and he’s still in A ball.

      I think Kemp makes some sense especially when looking at immediate needs (RH RF with some power), but his injury history is concerning given the team’s lack of health. Still he’s only 29 with top tier ability its worth the risk if the Dodgers pay a fair share.

  • Theonewhoknocks

    We badly need a RF to replace ichiro, though with Kemps demand to play CF and his absurd contract it’s not a good fit. Someone like Byrd would fit cashmans MO a lot more. I just hope he pulls off some kind of deal to further boost this offense. Adding Byrd in right and calling up Refsnyder (even though he’s slumping) to replace Roberts might be enough to make this lineup respectable

    • tom

      Wheeler should play 2B first before adding someone to 40 man roster.

  • Dicka24

    Considering it is the Dodgers, I wonder if some crazy deal involving Arod could happen. The Dodgers are the one franchise dumb enough to potentially take Arod in a bad money, for bad money deal. I know it’s extremely improbable, but you never know.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Never know? This is one of those rare cases that you do know.

      Ryan Howard has more trade value than ARod right now. Nobody is trading away a 29 year old albatross contract for a 39 year old albatross that hasn’t played in a year.

    • bsgriff

      Interesting thought…

    • Delbert Grady

      I actually have been thinking about this a lot. If they took Arod’s money/contract back, the Yankees should do it. I love Kemp and I’m not troubled by his $$$. Expecting one of the prospects to take hold of RF is folly. This is a middle of the order thumper who would give us the best OF in the game with Gardner and Ellsbury.

      The larger question is what is the Yankees real plan for Arod. Are they going to cut him or do they want to keep the contract in the hopes he’ll bounce back, test positive again and/or retire if he can’t perform? I cannot imagine after saying goodbye Jeter the team plans on selling a Jeter-less 2015 with Arod as a part of it.

  • scooter10

    What if LAD picked up 1/2 of the remaining contract, and the Yankees give up a mid-level prospect. Then he’s a $11m/year player. And even in an off year, Kemp’s 22 doubles would lead the Yankees and he’s a significant power upgrade over Ichiro.

    Kemp .273/.339/.429
    Ichiro .274/.325/.322

    • Alkaline

      Short term that looks good. But then we have no room in the outfield for a few years.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      $11MM and only a mid-level prospect I would jump at, doubt the Dodgers would eat that much though.

  • jgibs

    Gonna have some fun here and throw some chum in the water, but I just read Mike Carp has requested the Sox trade him. Viable 1st base backup as well as a serviceable right fielder? He’s been pretty miserable at the plate this year but he hasn’t really seen much time. What do you say?? Huh? Huh?

    Anyway, what was the last trade the sox and yanks engaged in?? Nothing in recent memory comes to mind

    • Steve (different one)

      Mike Stanley for Tony Armas Jr., who was then part of the Pedro deal. This was pre-Cashman, though I am sure he failed somehow.

    • The Other Mister D

      I saw that too and would like the Yankees to investigate. Obviously they have to have reason to believe Carp will perform better than he has this season, and something between 2013 and 2014 would be fine with me.

  • notsosmart

    No no no no no no no this would be monumentally stupid.

    Arms. The Yankees need arms. And infield. Duh.

  • Dicka24

    I remember they traded Mike Stanley to the Sox a while back. Not sure if a trade has happened since then.

    • Dicka24

      I meant to the Yankees.

  • Rick

    Yankees now in on Willingham. I’m on board.

    • YankeeFan

      Me too. Been waiting for his name to pop up on the Yankees radar.

      • I’m One

        Thought they’d be in on him a few years ago. While his average isn’t good, at least he provides some power. Shouldn’t be too difficult to pick up if they really want him. I’d go for it.

    • tom

      Not me. he can’t hit a jack.

      • YankeeFan

        His OBP and 10 HRs from the right side would lead this team.

        • Rick

          Don’t use facts, your argument will make too much sense.

        • tom

          OBP means nothing if you can’t hit over 260 or steal 25 sb. He has sucked against southpaws. He offers no power against southpaw since his monstrous season.

          Only cheap return for him that makes him look attractive. Thats it.

          • Rick

            What? That’s is the most ridiculous logic ever. Since when is the importance of OBP predicated on batting average and the ability to steal bases? A high OBP means you’re not committing outs – you know the most important thing for an offense.

            Your post almost merited a quote from Billy Madison.

          • Old Man Time

            This has to be one of the top ten dumbest things I’ve read on this site.

      • Rick

        I take it you’re one of those people that only looks at batting average. Makes sense.

  • Alkaline

    I feel like other options should be considered before Kemp.

  • Hope

    I’d do it but only at or around the favorable 11 or so. In a vacuum I’d prefer Kemp over Byrd or Willingham due to the ceiling. If he’s cooked the buyout won’t be monumental.

    • YankeeFan

      I’d prefer grabbing Willingham and ending the trade deadline with 3 decent acquisitions in McCarthy, Headley, and Willingham & the biggest cost would most likely be De Paula…Yankees need a RH bat that can get on base plus power & Willingham fits that need without any future commitments. Make a rental move and see how it plays out rest of the season and go after this Castillo kid for the future.

      Willingham’s OBP would immediately come in and lead the team, along with his 10HRs from the right side. With McCann and Beltran starting to turn it around a bit, You’re 1 through 8 (with a healthy Teixeira would be:

      Gardner (L)
      Jeter (R)
      Ellsbury (L)
      Teixeira (S)
      Beltran (S)
      McCann (L)
      Willingham (R)
      Headley (S)

      For the rest of the season, I would take that in a heartbeat.

  • HansDavenport

    1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
    2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
    3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
    4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
    5. Brian McCann (L) 1B
    6. Chase Headley (S) 3B
    7. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
    8. Zelous Wheeler (R) RF
    9. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B

    • tom

      I would love to see Wheeler playing at 2B today but Greene is a ground ball pitcher. Ryan should ease some bad memory of yesterday.

      • HansDavenport

        Anyone but Roberts. He was pitiful on the pop he let drop in front of him in the IF yesterday. Then post game he wants a pity party saying, “Gee I guess maybe that’s a play I should make. I don’t know.”

        • tom

          He has several head concussions so it could mess him up really good. His result has been disappointing. Yankees have to man up and release him as I don’t think he would be offended by that.

          Respecting veteran BS needs to be stopped at the moment.

          • HansDavenport

            If the player has a good track record recently that’s one thing. Like Torre sticking with someone like O’neil when he was really slumping. But they’re hanging onto a couple of guys who haven’t played well since 2009-10.
            They play with a short bench, they play guys way out of position, etc. Nothing is more obvious then try to hide a bad glove at 1B.

  • HansDavenport

    1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
    2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
    3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
    4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
    5. Brian McCann (L) 1B
    6. Chase Headley (S) 3B
    7. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
    8. Zelous Wheeler (R) RF
    9. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B

    Today’s lineup from Baseball Press