Matt Kemp isn’t asking the Dodgers to trade him. But he isn’t necessarily opposed to the idea, either. The outfielder’s agent, former major-league pitcher Dave Stewart, told FOX Sports on Wednesday that Kemp again wants to be an everyday center fielder, something that isn’t in his immediate future with the Dodgers. “Whatever they want to do we’re favorable to, as long as it gives him an opportunity to play every day,” Stewart said. “He’d like to eventually go back to center field. He’s not opposed to right or left. But his hope at some point is to get back to center.” Kemp, 29, is again an intriguing figure as the July 31 non-waiver deadline approaches. Since May 2, he has raised his batting average from .205 to .269 and his OPS from .736 to .760. He also has started 40 of the Dodgers’ last 42 games in left field. The Dodgers are pondering whether to add insurance for their rotation in addition to an upgrade to their their bullpen. General manager Ned Colletti, however, declined comment on whether the team would be willing to move Kemp. One likely deterrent: Yasiel Puig would be the Dodgers’ main right-handed power threat if they traded Kemp and then Hanley Ramirez left as a free agent at the end of the season. And even Puig, in his last 41 games, has produced a .391 slugging percentage — modest by his standards.
Agent: Dodgers' Kemp open to trade if not playing every day
Fox Sports | Jul 17