Matt Kemp's trade rumors are swirling because the Dodger's outfield is packed. The Dodgers have Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and youngster Joc Pederson in the outfield. They owe Kemp, Ethier, and Crawford large sums of money and are looking to dump a few salaries to make room on their payroll for other signings. Some sort of trade will likely happen at the up and coming winter meetings, but Crawford and Ethier are vastly overpaid and the Dodgers would likely still have to pay to dump their salaries because they are not worth the money, so the most likely trade is of Matt Kemp. To see if Matt Kemp is overpaid and what his trade value will be, below is the projection of his future.
Based on this projection and the approximate $6 million per WAR point payed to center fielders, Matt Kemp will not be be overpaid over the next five years. Although he is owed $107 million in his contract he may actually earn it according to this projection with a value of $111 million in this five years. Although Matt Kemp does have some value we will see if other teams see it that way and are willing to trade quality players or if the Dodgers will have to settle for a lower quality player at the winter meetings.