LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Boston Red Sox are the latest club to join a growing list of teams inquiring about the availability of Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp.
After winning the World Series in October, the Red Sox are looking at options to bolster their outfield, and Kemp has found his name on their list, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Kemp is still owed about $130 million over the next six years, but he has struggled tremendously in recent years with injuries; he played in just 73 games in 2013 and only 106 games in 2012. After hitting .324/.399/.586 with 39 home runs and 126 RBIs in 2011, he dipped to .270/.328/.395 in 2013.
Kemp, 29, has yet to return to form after crashing into the center field wall at Coors Field in Denver during a game against the Colorado Rockies in 2012. Since the injury, Kemp has experienced difficulties staying off the disabled list, struggling with nagging hamstring injuries and losing a good deal of strength after shoulder surgery.
After a couple of stints on the disabled list in 2013, Kemp took an awkward step heading for home plate in a game in Toronto and sustained an ankle injury that knocked him out of Dodgers’ post-season campaign.