Starting in left margin for a Los Angeles Dodgers … Matt Kemp?
That scenario seemed really unlikely when a Dodgers brought behind a maestro outfielder for his second army with a team. The Dodgers acquired Kemp in a five-player understanding with a Braves in Dec in an accounting pierce to assistance them stay underneath a $197 million oppulance taxation for 2018.
Kemp was not even approaching to be in LA this season, though a Dodgers found no takers for his two-year, $43.5 million contract.
Yet Kemp has been branch heads in camp. Count manager Dave Roberts among those who have been agreeably surprised.
“When we acquired him, we didn’t know what kind of figure he was in,” Roberts pronounced (via a Los Angeles Times). “We went on what he looked like final year. … The approach he came in primarily finished a matter in itself.”
The 33-year-old Kemp, who played 9 years for a Dodgers before withdrawal as a giveaway representative after a 2014 season, is tied for a group lead this open with 4 home runs. He has an impressive 1.091 OPS in 36 at-bats.
Roberts would not contend either Kemp has even warranted a mark on a roster, though pronounced he’s shown he’s some-more than a crew actor in left field.
“Absolutely,” Roberts said. “That’s a thing with Matt. In ’16, he dominated left-handers, and in ’17, it was a other way. He’s really not, nor has he ever been, a crew guy. It’s usually some-more of a right conditions regulating him and a other guys a right way. You demeanour during that position, 650 image appearances, it’s a pursuit to figure out how to divvy those things up.”
For his part, Kemp pronounced he did what indispensable to be finished in a offseason.
“I’m a grown man. we indispensable to get in improved shape,” Kemp said. “I did it. we feel better. It usually feels good to be behind wearing this uniform.”
So while this might not be a same Kemp who finished a integrate of All-Star teams and won dual Gold Gloves in his initial army in LA, his large bat (259 career home runs, .826 OPS) creates a good group even better.
“When we make a trade, and we demeanour during a deteriorate that guys had final year, and who we had entrance back, we were already a really good group but Matt,” Roberts said. “But to have a former All-Star in as good a figure he has been in in years, and to supplement him to a mix, it usually increases a turn of foe and play for everybody around him. That’s good for all of us.”