Dodgers: Kemp, Hudson already working out
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp won his first Gold Glove today but was already looking ahead to his next.
So, like second baseman Orlando Hudson, the other Dodger who was awarded a Gold Glove, Kemp has already started working out to prepare himself for next season.
“No time to rest, man,” said Kemp, who was third in the majors with 14 assists in his first season as the Dodgers’ primary center fielder.
For Hudson, the Gold Glove was his fourth. Hudson admitted that he was unsure he would return from a season-ending wrist injury he suffered last year, saying, “I thought I was done.”
Hudson, who lost his starting position to Ronnie Belliard in the final weeks of the regular season, is a free agent and said he hasn’t had any contact with the Dodgers since they were eliminated from the playoffs. But Hudson wouldn’t rule out re-signing with the Dodgers, saying, “I would be interested in coming back. I wouldn’t close the door.”
Jason Schmidt, who is expected to retire this winter, filed for free agency. In the final year of his three-year, $47-million contract, Schmidt returned from a major shoulder operation and was 2-2 with a 5.60 earned-run average in four starts.
-- Dylan Hernandez