longhotsummer wrote:I realize now, any opposing viewpoint, will not be tolerated.
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
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.
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
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