The Boston Red Sox have been linked a few times with outfielder Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have made it known that they have a surplus of outfielders and could be persuaded to trade one of them if the price happens to be right. However, Boston seems to be moving away from getting involved in trading for Kemp and that would be a smart move for the Red Sox. It just wouldn’t be a good fit.
Ben Cherington was thrilled when the Dodgers took all that salary and players in the infamous blockbuster trade in 2012. That gave the Red Sox the financial freedom to sign a bunch of free agents that he knew would fit well in Boston. The Dodgers have said that they would eat some of Kemp’s salary if they got enough good talent in return. But why should the Red Sox, who have shown that the financial model that they developed this past season works just fine, trade for an overpaid position player who is coming off his worst season and only appeared in about 73 games?
Ned Colletti, the general manager of the Dodgers, also has stated that Kemp probably won’t be 100 percent when spring training starts. That should be another huge warning sign for Boston.
The Red Sox, a few years ago, probably would have felt the need to make a really big splash and acquire some huge talent. Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, anyone? This strategy proved to backfire wildly for the Red Sox and they are wise to not make a trade just for the sake of making a trade.
While it seems like the New York Yankees are gobbling up every free agent that they can get their hands on, the Red Sox are standing by their principles and hoping that the strategy they used last year will work again as well this year. The Red Sox have been burned too many times to revert to their crazy spending ways and 2013 worked out pretty well for them, as we all know. Don’t listen to some of us who are panicking about Boston not making a huge move. Remind them about that new World Series Championship trophy and that should keep them quiet for a while.