Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp should be traded before the 4:00 p.m. deadline on July 31, and the team that should be calling for his services is the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are known for sending some of the better players to Los Angeles including the big deal that landed first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford and pitcher Josh Beckett.
This time, the Sox should work it out that they get a big name player who could help them out. Kemp has been taken out by injuries over the course of the last two years, and for many teams, that leaves them not wanting to gamble on the former All-Star. However, the Red Sox do not have much to lose. The season for them has not gone their way, and it is hard to believe they were on top of the world nine months ago hoisting the team’s third world championship of the decade.
The Dodgers have depth when it comes to their outfield. They have Crawford, Kemp, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke. They do not require Kemp’s services after he opened up and said he wants to play center field again for whichever team is willing to pursue. The team already has a lot of star names, and it looks as if Kemp has worn out his welcome. Though a player with his talent should not and will not go unnoticed. If he plays well for the remainder of the season, teams could be calling about possibly trading for him after the season. That is why the Red Sox need to do the trade now.
If they were to get him while he is healthy, they would get some great second half numbers out of him joining a lineup with stars Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. That will also allow him time to get comfortable with the change of scenery and come back in 2015 feeling as good as he did a few years back when many thought he was the next best thing for baseball. Oh, and with his recent health, the Red Sox may not have to give up too much pitching to make the gamble pay off.