The more and more I think about it, Kemp is the guy they need to go out and get. Kemp is still only 26 years old (turns 27 in September). He is just now coming into his best years, hopefully.
Also, this guy is an Eric Davis-type tool player, with both power and speed. He currently has 12 HR's, and hit 26 in '09 and 28 in '10. He is currently on pace to knock in over 100 rbi's, hit 30+ HR's, and possibly steal 30 to 40 bases (he has 13 right now). He is OPSing a career best .944 right now. All of his numbers are trending UPWARD. And he is batting .313 right now too.
Stick him in the 4-hole (yes, he is a righty so Dusty will be happy), and I think this lineup takes off, along with giving Votto protection. Kemp goes from a team in disarray to another team in disarray, uh, er.....I mean, in the thick of things .
He is making $6.5M this season and heads to arbitration after the season. Cordero won't be back after the season, and neither will Gomes. Hernandez probably won't be either. That's a savings of $16M-$17M.
If this team was willing to acquire both Kemp and Reyes, this team wins the division. But they can't afford it.