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Matt Kemp showed great effort both on the field and in his only hit on the day. He ran down a ball in RF that looked as if it was going to drop in for a base hit and he also stretched his only hit of the day into a double on a line drive to right field. He still has some speed in his legs. He finished 1-for-3.

Fantasy Impact: I think Kemp is good in the middle rounds of the draft. His value is hurt with playing all his home games at Petco in terms of his HRs. I do think that he will hit for avg. and get a lot of extra base hits. Keep an eye out because I feel people are writing off Kemp. If he is healthy you'll be writing "Champion" to your whole league.

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Matt Kemp homers off Jon Lester

Mon, Mar 16th 7:35pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

Matt Kemp went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI in Monday's Cactus League 7-0 victory over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Matt Kemp has settled into life as a Padre. This was his second HR of the spring and he owns a stunning 1.342 OPS. He is still capable of MVP-caliber production and in the second half of 2014, Matt Kemp was one of the top 3 hitters in fantasy.

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Matt Kemp launches 3 run homer

Tue, Mar 10th 8:51pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

Matt Kemp went 3 for 3 in the Cactus League victory over the Giants, including a 3 run homer in the 3rd inning.

Fantasy Impact: Matt Kemp is a career 0.292 AVG hitter with 182 HR to his name. When healthy, he has the potential to be a top 10 fantasy player. That can't be said about many players.

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Kemp goes 2-3 with an RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Matt Kemp is healthy and happy to be on the Padres. He will be the star of the Padres and should be the star of your fantasy team this year.

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Matt Kemp goes 0-3 while batting 3rd in spring opener.

Fantasy Impact: Good to see Kemp play in the season opener. He looks healthy and ready to have a big year. Draft with confidence.

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Kemp ended 2014 with 77 runs, 89 RBI, 25 HR and a .287 BA. In the second half of the year, he really turned it on, posting 17 HR, 54 RBI, 39 runs and a .309 BA. Those statistics topped all outfielders and Kemp looks to bring those statistics to Petco Field in 2015 with the new look San Diego Padres. (Source: Isaac Rodriguez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kemp is one powerful guy, as his average batted ball distance was around 300 feet. Those same home runs should still go over the fence at Petco and if he can stay healthy and carry over his 2014 surge, Kemp could be looking at over 100 RBI’s and 32 home runs. Some people will worry about Petco; even if some fly balls do not go over the fence, a 28 HR year is not out of the question for this top ten outfielder.


Matt Kemp trade official

Fri, Dec 19th 1:55am EST
By Stan Son

After some shenanigans, where the medical report of Kemp's physical was leaked to the public, the blockbuster trade between the Dodgers and Padres was officially consummated Thursday night. (Source: Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Dodgers will receive Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. The Padres get Matt Kemp and Tim Federowicz. Zach Eflin will be sent to the Phillies in exchange for Jimmy Rollins. Andrew Friedman continues to transform the Dodgers to fit his vision: OBP on offense and pitching and defense.


A physical revealed that Matt Kemp has severe arthritis in both hips. USA TODAY was told by a person familiar with the diagnosis but spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to discuss the medical issue. The Padres are now trying to decide how to proceed on the blockbuster trade that was agreed to a week ago. Today is the deadline to complete the deal. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This news affects many players and teams. If the trade does not go through, then the Dodgers would have to re-work the Jimmy Rollins deal because Zach Eflin was included in the package to Philadelphia. It could also affect last night's Will Myers deal. The Padres were slated to receive C Ryan Hanigan from the Rays. If Yasmani Grandal was to stay, it's likely that they would not want Hanigan.


Matt Kemp traded to the Padres

Thu, Dec 11th 11:52am EST
By Stan Son

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres have agreed to trade OF Matt Kemp and C Tim Federowic for C Yasmani Grandal, P Joe Wieland, and P Zach Eflin. The Dodgers will pay $32 million of the remaining $102 million left on Kemp's salary. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Last year, Kemp hit .287/.346/.506 with 25 HRs and 89 RBIs. It was a bounce back year after two injury-riddled seasons. The days of 30/30 are over for Kemp, as he doesn't project to steal too many bases now, but he still possesses power. If healthy, a .280 20 HR 70 RBI season should be attainable. Yasmani Grandal is a switch hitting catcher who possesses power and the ability to take a walk. One reason why Andrew Friedman traded for him was because he is one of the best catchers at framing pitches, according to Fangraphs. Think Jose Molina all those years in Tampa Bay. Grandal is only 26 so his peak power years could be ahead. Last year he hit: .245/.350/.412 with 15 HRs and 49 RBIs in 128 games.