The Los Angeles Dodgers pulled off one of a some-more startling trades of a past offseason in reacquiring Matt Kemp from a Atlanta Braves, only 3 years private from shipping him to a San Diego Padres in sell for Yasmani Grandal.
Many speculated that Kemp would eventually be flipped to an American League club, where he would be improved matched as a designated hitter. The Dodgers also hoped to strew a residue of his contract, as an bid to stay underneath a $197 million oppulance taxation threshold this season.
But there were eventually no takers, and a 33-year-old went on to transcend expectations in Spring Training and warranted a mark on a Opening Day roster. Now that he’s behind in a mix, Kemp is anxious to be partial of a Dodgers again.
He suggested that he always wanted to lapse to a classification though never envisioned it indeed entrance to fruition, around Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY:
“When we got traded a initial time, we can’t contend we wasn’t hurt,’’ Kemp tells USA TODAY Sports. “I was so disappointed. we never wanted to leave. we suspicion I’d be around here forever.
“But once we was gone, we always wanted to come home. we only never suspicion I’d be back.’’
Earlier this spring, Dodgers boss of ball operations Andrew Friedman commended Kemp for seamlessly wise in with a club. Likewise, manager Dave Roberts has been tender with a two-time All-Star.
Kemp carried over his Cactus League success into a unchanging season, as he’s batting .341/.371/.530 with 13 doubles, 6 home runs and 26 RBI. He leads a Dodgers in on-base percentage, on-base and slugging (.902), sum hits (56) and doubles, and is second in RBI.
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