Kemp's agent, former pitcher Dave Stewart, met with GM Ned Colletti on Wednesday and was told flat out that the club intends on keeping the two-time all-star in Los Angeles. Said Stewart: "They said they have no plans to move [Kemp] -- bottom line ... we're both happy about it."
His statements are a complete 180 from those he gave going into the Winter Meetings, when he said that "he'd be surprised" if Kemp wasn't dealt by the end of the week.
Stewart did not ask Colletti on Wednesday if the plan could change when spring rolls around, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, but added that "Ned has never lied to me," which seems to indicate that Stewart believes Kemp will remain with the Dodgers in 2014.
Several teams -- including the Mariners, Rangers and Tigers -- were tied to Kemp the first couple days of the Winter Meetings, but now likely will have to search for outfield upgrades elsewhere. The M's and Rangers are rumored to be the frontrunners to sign Shin-Soo Choo, so whichever one lands him probably won't miss Kemp too much.
Kemp, 29, was widely regarded as one of the best players in the game a little more than a year ago, but has been ravaged by injuries over the last season-plus. The righty slugger got off to a great start in 2012 following his 2011 NL MVP runner-up performance, but then the injury bug took hold.
Over the last two seasons, Kemp has gone to the disabled list five times for four separate injuries and also underwent offseason shoulder surgery before the 2013 season. Kemp was a shell of himself on the field after the procedure, batting .270/.328/.395 with just six home runs in 73 games.
The Dodgers are on the hook with Kemp for $128 million over the next six seasons.