After Robinson Cano’s disappointing 2008 season, over the winter months, there was much ado about trading Cano to the Dodgers. Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw were two names that were often thrown around as the Yankees were said to be open to dealing Cano, but would only do so for high-ceiling arms. One name, however, that was also tossed around was Matt Kemp
The Edge dvd , the CF for Joe Torre’s boys in blue (the LA version). Kemp’s 2008 season was decent, as he hit .290/.340/.459 and had a .349 wOBA while exhibiting solid defensive play in the OF. On the other side of the coin, there was talk about him having trouble taking direction from LA’s coaching staff. At the end of the day, despite Kemp’s solid 2007 and volumes of inherent talent, he was still talked about as a trade candidate.
The Dodgers are probably happy that they didn’t move Kemp, as he is definitely delivering on his promise this season. In 2008, Kemp has blown on up on the NL, hitting .316/.380/.489 while swiping 19 bags and swatting 11 homers. His wOBA is .382—third best at his position—and he is worth 4.1 WAR. Meanwhile, his defense in center is phenomenal (14.6 UZR/150). Could the Yankees have had that type of player? Based on the reports, it was certainly possible.
Now, I often criticized trying to trade Cano (and others) for Kemp, as Cano, like Kemp, played a premium position and, in addition, Austin Jackson—the CF of the future—was seemingly on the way. For these reasons, there was no need to trade for Kemp because, in due time, we would have our own great CF who would compliment Cano. In hindsight, although Kemp is now a stud OF (he was always projected to be one), I still agree with this notion as A-Jax is seen as a 5-tool player, even if his power hasn’t developed as much as the Yankees would have liked. He could become a lesser version of Kemp in a few years (the defense and power probably won’t be as good), which is worth the wait. Also, Cano has clearly rebounded this season, putting up a .355 wOBA and he’s 2.2 WAR. If his defense gets better (it’s average) in the second half, we could see his value shoot to the level it was in 2007, when Cano was a 5 WAR player.
The Toxic Avenger movie download Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil trailer In the end, Kemp would have been a very good player to acquire and he could very well become the best CF in baseball next season, however, at the time, given A-Jax’s presence and Cano’s impending rebound, it wasn’t necessary.
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