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Matt Kemp is due a lot of money—$107 million through 2019—and has become perhaps the most injury-prone former All-Star in the game today.
Those two factors, along with mediocre production—a .268/.333/.422 slash line with only eight home runs and 38 RBI—would seem to make him nearly immovable.
Kemp isn't opposed to leaving Los Angeles if it means that he can get some consistent playing time—specifically in center field—as his agent, Dave Stewart, told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
Whatever [the Dodgers] want to do we’re favorable to, as long as it gives him an opportunity to play every day. 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.
With both the Angels (Huston Street) and Athletics (Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija) making moves to improve their teams, the pressure is on the Mariners to make an equally impressive addition to their roster.
Seattle had significant interest in the 29-year-old over the winter, and nobody would dispute the team's need for another right-handed impact bat to help protect Robinson Cano in the lineup.
The Mariners will get their man in Kemp, building a package around infielder Nick Franklin and left-handed starter James Paxton, who is currently working his way back from a strained lat muscle, in order to get the Dodgers to pick up a sizable chunk of the money left on Kemp's deal.
*All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are current through games as of July 23. All injury information courtesy of MLB.com. All contract information courtesy of Cot's Contracts (subscription required).
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