48-Year-Old Second Baseman – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jeff Kent in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Jeff Kent Contract Information:
Retired from baseball in January of 2009.
Kent will retire from baseball on Thursday, the Associated Press reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Jeff Kent.
Kent's contract expired at the end of 2008 and after batting just .280/.327/.418 in a season limited to 440 at-bats due to a late-season knee injury, he seems headed toward retirement. Kent won't return to the Dodgers, though should an AL team express interest in his services as a DH, Kent could be tempted to give it one final go. Either way, his days of 500 at-bats and 100 RBI are long gone.
Kent is a future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer and while he may be old (40 in March) and a liability in the field, the bat is still there. Kent batted .302/.375/.500 and his .875 OPS was second in all of baseball (to Chase Utley) for second basemen. In order to keep him fresh for the second half, Kent was rested quite a bit last year (136 games played), but he should still be good for .290-20-80 next year in the final year of his contract.
Kent was plagued by a sore right wrist last off-season and a ribcage injury for much of 2006, so at age 39 (as of Opening Day 2007), it's likely his best days are behind him. Consequently, after having averaged 28 homers and 110 RBI in the preceeding nine seasons, Kent's fantasy numbers were down in 2006. Look more closely, though, as an .862 OPS for a second baseman is still very good, and Kent did finish strong, with .900-plus OPS months in August and September. Keep him near the top of your second base cheatsheets and hope for a healthy 2007 hitting behind Rafael Furcal, Juan Pierre and Nomar Garciaparra.
Kent didn't tail off as much as we might have expected last year with the move to Dodger Stadium. At age 38 this year, the odds of a decline are steepening. One cautionary note: Kent had a sore right wrist that needed examination by a specialist in December.
Kent bounced back form a slight dip in his stats in 2003 and had another solid season in 2004. His numbers should take a hit moving to Dodger Stadium from Houston's Minute Maid Park, but he'll still be a good source of power at second base. He could also play other positions around the infield with the Dodgers.
An injured wrist forced Kent to the disabled list for nearly a month in 2003 and limited his power output in the weeks following his return to action. He slugged .435 in June and .353 in July, but then returned to form by slugging .543 in August and .526 in September. Presuming a return to full-health, look for Kent's slugging percentage to return closer to customary levels, and for another 100-RBI season.
Perhaps the best hitter playing second base in baseball today. In his six years playing second base for the Giants, Kent averaged .297-29-115 per season - awesome for his position in the field. He turns 35 in the spring, but there's no reason to believe he doesn't have at least one or two more years like that in him.