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Postby UMFan83 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:51 pm

Guess he cost too much money

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Postby jersey cubs fan » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:54 pm

you don't have to pay the major league minimum if you don't maintain a roster of major leaguers
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Postby Cubswin11 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:57 pm

Hopefully we moved him to add Holt as one of the last bench players.
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Postby Little Slide Rooter » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:58 pm

It’s all part of the master plan.
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Postby Brian » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:07 pm

Kemp about to go LaStella.
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Re: Tony Kemp traded to Oakland

Postby MWV » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:34 pm

Clearing the way for a Rizzo trade.
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Re: Tony Kemp traded to Oakland

Postby Post Count Padder » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:35 pm

I know this doesn't move the needle at all and Kemp hit pretty poorly with us after the trade, but he has great defensive versatility and seems like a really likeable guy. I'd have rather just cut Descalso (who still somehow has a roster spot).

You could argue maybe this paves the way for a signing but also probably not. #PTR
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Re: Tony Kemp traded to Oakland

Postby Cubswin11 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:37 pm

Post Count Padder wrote:I know this doesn't move the needle at all and Kemp hit pretty poorly with us after the trade, but he has great defensive versatility and seems like a really likeable guy. I'd have rather just cut Descalso (who still somehow has a roster spot).

You could argue maybe this paves the way for a signing but also probably not. #PTR

Yeah unless they’re replacing Kemp with Holt I don’t see this making us better this year. Kemp is better than Descalso and would’ve preferred Kemp to him as the last man on the roster to start the year.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:41 pm

An Ian Happ endorsement? He and Kemp play the same positions and all the other 2B/CF options besides Heyward and Descalso are RHHs
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Postby Post Count Padder » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:43 pm

FWIW the prospect we got back was ranked as a top 30 prospect in the A's system and seems to have a good approach at the plate/good defense at first.
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Postby Cubswin11 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:53 pm

Reading up, seems about as good of a prospect you can get for Kemp. He’s likely never anything but if he can stick as a COF’er maybe he can be a strong side platoon guy, he takes walks and doesn’t K at a terrible rate, seems to have a decent hit tool. Needs to add power, sounds like he could be kinda like a James Loney type bat if things break right.
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Re: Tony Kemp traded to Oakland

Postby Bertz » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:20 pm

My guess is the team is still looking at a Joe Panik type, and Kemp would have been redundant with that. Good to get a teeny bit of value for him, I assumed he was going to be the last guy on the bench and be unceremoniously cut once it was time to make a roster spot for Nico.
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Postby Cubswin11 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:28 pm

Bertz wrote:My guess is the team is still looking at a Joe Panik type, and Kemp would have been redundant with that. Good to get a teeny bit of value for him, I assumed he was going to be the last guy on the bench and be unceremoniously cut once it was time to make a roster spot for Nico.

Yeah I think they still do a Panik, Duffy or Scooter deal on the low side for 2B and possibly a minor league deal with Holt being the “high end” MLB deal guy. Even Zobrist coming back could be on the table I suppose, if he wants to play.
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Re: Tony Kemp traded to Oakland

Postby Backtobanks » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:38 pm

Little Slide Rooter wrote:It’s all part of the master plan.


There goes our depth for the 26th man on the roster.
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Re: Tony Kemp traded to Oakland

Postby Sammy Sofa » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:40 pm

Post Count Padder wrote:I'd have rather just cut Descalso (who still somehow has a roster spot).


Jesus horsefeathering Christ. WHY.
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Re: Tony Kemp traded to Oakland

Postby squally1313 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:09 pm

I saw an article talking about the sad state of our bench and they listed all the losers currently filling it out, and I started to be like 'wait, what about Happ? What about Bote??'

And then I got extra sad.
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Re: Tony Kemp traded to Oakland

Postby Deeg » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:58 am

We'll always have that time Kemp was called out on one of the worst strike three calls in history.
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Re: Tony Kemp traded to Oakland

Postby TomtheBombadil » Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:30 am

Looking at Rivas this feels like the most Rays trade Epstein has ever made. Seems like a likely MLer already thanks to good plate discipline and from the NCAA on, already ready for AA in his second full season, seems like a hybrid between Seth Smith and Yonder Alonso. Fits the future prospect mold of NCAA + CCBL + quick to the upper minors...Feels like the end of an era though, Epstein's usually on the other side of this trade selling the A ball bat. OTOH I could totally see Rivas drawing trade interest even already. He should do well in updated system rankings and look ^^ BA's already helping out. I think he's a better prospect than Strumpf

Hot take: quibbling between the Descalso and Kemps on this roster is a waste of time
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Re: Tony Kemp traded to Oakland

Postby NonProfitCow » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:07 am

TomtheBombadil wrote:Looking at Rivas this feels like the most Rays trade Epstein has ever made. Seems like a likely MLer already thanks to good plate discipline and from the NCAA on, already ready for AA in his second full season, seems like a hybrid between Seth Smith and Yonder Alonso. Fits the future prospect mold of NCAA + CCBL + quick to the upper minors...Feels like the end of an era though, Epstein's usually on the other side of this trade selling the A ball bat. OTOH I could totally see Rivas drawing trade interest even already. He should do well in updated system rankings and look ^^ BA's already helping out. I think he's a better prospect than Strumpf

Hot take: quibbling between the Descalso and Kemps on this roster is a waste of time

LOL, You might even be able to get Tony Kemp for him.
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