Matt Kemp Sees Dodgers as World Series Contenders After Manny Machado Trade

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17:  Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles and the American League and Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the National League pose for a selfie in the second inning during the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Matt Kemp believes the addition of Manny Machado could be enough to help the Los Angeles Dodgers bring home a World Series title.

"I definitely do think so," the outfielder said when asked whether the Dodgers have what it takes to win a championship, per TMZ Sports. "We've got a good team and we've been playing good baseball." 

The Dodgers announced the addition of Machado Wednesday in a trade that sent five minor league prospects to the Baltimore Orioles.

As if it wasn't clear during the All-Star Game, Kemp was very excited about the trade news.

"Great baseball player, friend of mine," he said of Machado. "I think the city of Los Angeles is really excited at the moment."

Fellow Dodgers Justin Turner and Alex Wood also showed their excitement about the acquisition:

Kourtney Turner @court_with_a_K

Just when you thought you could get away from baseball for the ASB.. @redturn2 @Awood45 https://t.co/Bi3VBY3Oho

Machado, a four-time All-Star, is in the midst of his best career season with 24 home runs, 65 RBI and a .315 batting average. His addition turns a Dodgers squad that had a narrow lead in the National League West into a legitimate threat to win it all.

According to OddsShark, Los Angeles now has the fourth-best odds to win the World Series.

After coming one game away from a title last season, the Dodgers are looking forward to potentially winning their first title since 1988.