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Matt Kemp bids farewell to Dodgers fans in heartfelt Instagram post (photo)

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With a heavy heart Matt Kemp bid a bittersweet farewell to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the team’s fans in an emotionally charged post to his Instagram account.

Kemp, was traded to the San Diego Padres along with catcher Tim Federowicz and over $30 million for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitcher Joe Wieland, along with one other prospect believed to be Zach Eflin, per an ESPN.com report.

The 30-year-old veteran outfielder expressed heartfelt gratitude for fan support over his nine seasons with the club in his Instagram post published Thursday afternoon as news broke of the impending deal.

It is with a lot of emotion that I say goodbye to the city and the fans who have been there since the beginning of my career. You have given me so much. Your faith and support for the last 9 years through good times and bad, homestands and home runs was showcased through the volume of your cheers and the love for your team. I’m thankful to the Dodgers organization for taking a chance on an Oklahoma kid. I believe we control our paths. The paths we take, control our destiny. I’m excited for the future. God Bless

Kemp has dealt with a glut of injury issues over the past several seasons, missing 150 games total over the previous three, including playing in only 73 games in 2013. In nine years with the Dodgers, Kemp batted .292, hit 182 home runs, scored 650 runs and knocked in 648 RBI, becoming a fan favorite during his time in L.A.

(photo credit: Instagram/Matt Kemp)