Let's start off by stating the obvious—there is no quick fix trade the Los Angeles Dodgers can make that will replace Matt Kemp. He is the reigning NL MVP and had an amazing start to the 2012 season, even winning NL Player of the Month in April.
Unfortunately, Kemp went to the DL with a hamstring issue in mid-May. Despite the loss, the Dodgers stayed steady and even increased their lead in the NL West during May.
Right before the expected return of Kemp, the Dodgers were 7.5 games ahead of the second-placed San Francisco Giants. Kemp then returned last week, only to play a couple games before re-aggravating the injury and earning a second trip to the DL.
Now, the Dodgers have seen their lead quickly diminish to only three games.
The Dodgers successfully sustained their Kemp-driven April momentum, assuming Kemp would return and stay healthy for the remainder of the year.
But he didn't, and now, as evidenced by going 3-7 in their last 10, the Dodgers seem unable to stay atop the NL West.
Now, with a return date for Kemp unknown, let's look at some possible outfielders the Dodgers could acquire in an effort to cover up the Kemp absence and stay competitive in the NL West.