(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have four viable options to start in the outfield meaning someone will have to start out on the bench. Matt Kemp will not accept anything less than a full-time role.
“I’m not a fourth outfielder. We can cut that off right there,” Kemp said. “I won’t accept that role. I can’t accept that role.”
In 2011, Kemp was one of the best players in baseball after batting .324 with 39 home runs, 40 steals, and drove in 126 runs.
But since then he’s failed to live up to the massive expectations place by himself, the team, and the fans. He missed 56 games in 2012 and played in just 73 games in 2013.
Now at 29-years-old, Kemp will have to compete with Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, and Carl Crawford. All of whom would be starting outfielders on almost every Major League club.
Back in November of 2011, Kemp signed an eight-year deal with the Dodgers for $160 million.
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