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Potential Targets: Matt Kemp



    Target: Matt Kemp, OF

    2012 stats: .270 batting average, .328 on-base percentage, 15 doubles, six home runs, 33 RBIs in 73 games.

    Kemp is coming off a career-worst season and hasn't really been the same since his astronomical 2011 season when he somehow finished second in the NL MVP voting after leading the league in runs, home runs and RBIs.

    The guy is a legitimate five-tool player and could play center field if the Rangers decide Leonys Martin can't cut it defensively in center, of if they move him to right field in 2015 after Alex Rios is hypothetically elsewhere.

    He battled injuries over the past couple of years, and specifically in 2013 when he played in just 73 games. The big snag here is Kemp's contract, which owes him $128 million over the next six years. The Dodgers, who have all kinds of money to throw around would have to pick up a nice chunk of that money, but they just might do it to upgrade in the infield with some of the Rangers' big prospects. They also saw the emergence of Yasiel Puig in the outfield this year, who is much cheaper than Kemp.

    So yeah, this is a long shot of an idea, but you can bet the Dodgers wouldn't be opposed to moving Kemp if the deal were right.