The Dodgers traded Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood to Cincinnati on Friday in exchange for Homer Bailey, Josiah Gray and Jeter Downs, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. It appears as though Los Angeles is freeing up cap space and room in the outfield, potentially in the hopes of landing Bryce Harper this winter. Kemp will likely split time with Jesse Winker in left field while Puig and Scott Schebler round out the Reds' outfield. During his resurgent 2018 campaign, Kemp slashed .290/.338/.481 with 21 home runs and 85 RBI. Look for him to see a majority of his time in the lineup versus left-handed pitching.
Kemp went 3-for-3 with a double, three RBI and one run scored during Sunday's win over the Giants. The outfielder helped the Dodgers put away San Francisco with seven runs in the third inning, securing a place in Game 163 against Colorado for the NL West title. Kemp enters the final regular season game of 2018 with a .290 average and .819 OPS, to go along with 21 home runs and 85 RBI in 146 games.
Kemp went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, double, three RBI and two runs scored Sunday against the Padres. Kemp cranked his 21st home run of the season in the second inning and later delivered a two-RBI single in the fourth. He entered Sunday's action with only three extra-base hits across 40 September at-bats but still managed 10 RBI thanks to the Dodgers' strong lineup.
Kemp went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Rockies. Kemp got the Dodgers on the board early, lifting his 20th home run of the season in the second inning. Despite a productive year -- 20 home runs, 79 RBI, .285 average -- Kemp has slowly been losing playing time over the stretch of the season and was pinch hit for by Joc Pederson in the seventh inning Wednesday. That situation likely won't change much over the final week and a half, so Kemp's at-bats may be limited.
Kemp went 0-for-1 in his lone plate appearance Saturday against the Cardinals. Kemp was situated on the bench for the second consecutive game and eighth time over the Dodgers' last 14 games since rosters expanded Sept. 1. The 33-year-old has performed well when given an opportunity this month (.310/.333/.448) and still owns a strong .285/.336/.467 slash line on the year, but the club's crowded outfield has limited Kemp to the short side of a platoon in left field with Joc Pederson, a situation that doesn't appear to be changing any time soon.