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Old 05-06-2019, 10:26 AM
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He was released by the Reds. Should the Sox see if they can catch lightning in the bottle for 3 months and then try to deal him at the deadline? Its a minimal risk at best
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:40 AM
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He was released by the Reds. Should the Sox see if they can catch lightning in the bottle for 3 months and then try to deal him at the deadline? Its a minimal risk at best
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:20 PM
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He was released by the Reds. Should the Sox see if they can catch lightning in the bottle for 3 months and then try to deal him at the deadline? Its a minimal risk at best
There's no risk, but I just don't think anybody is going to give up anything of note for Kemp, even if he's able to get back into his 2018 form (probably the best case scenario). The main benefit to picking him up (in that scenario where he does in fact catch lightning in a bottle) would be to be more competitive this year, I would think. For the long term, it might be better to see exactly what we have in guys like Cordell/Tilson.

Here's a fangraphs article from a few days ago, FWIW:

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/what-to-...mp-free-agent/
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:49 PM
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The only scrap heap signings I would want to see would be pitchers. The team should be looking to subtract veterans like Alonso and Castillo, not add veterans like Kemp.
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Old 05-10-2019, 01:16 PM
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If he clears waivers, the Sox wouldnt have to give up anything right?
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Old 05-10-2019, 01:42 PM
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He was released by the Reds. Should the Sox see if they can catch lightning in the bottle for 3 months and then try to deal him at the deadline? Its a minimal risk at best
No. He has a broken rib. We already have a washed up veteran on the IL, no need to add another.
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Old 05-10-2019, 02:03 PM
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No. He has a broken rib. We already have a washed up veteran on the IL, no need to add another.
There's a WORLD of difference between the two.

It doesn't hurt, and it certainly helps. Can't imagine Kemp won't have better opportunities, but he'd have more playing time here. And he could turn into a tradable asset if he returns in time and produces.
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:07 PM
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:28 AM
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:42 AM
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As for my answer. No. Let Tilson and Cordell play. Iíd rather watch young kids suck than veterans suck. At least we know Tilson and Cordell are healthy enough to field their positions adequately.
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As for my answer. No. Let Tilson and Cordell play. Iíd rather watch young kids suck than veterans suck. At least we know Tilson and Cordell are healthy enough to field their positions adequately.
And maybe one of them actually turns out to be a solid enough player to be tradable or even a longer term solution, though their ages make it tough for them to be a serious long term option.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:40 AM
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And maybe one of them actually turns out to be a solid enough player to be tradable or even a longer term solution, though their ages make it tough for them to be a serious long term option.
Precisely. I’d even be satisfied if Tilson or Cordell (or both) turned out to be a viable productive platoon partner, either with each other or with another one of our OF prospects. For the sake of argument, if Eloy and Robert have LF and CF covered, I’d be pleased to get .800 OPS total production in RF out of a platoon consisting of some combination of one of our LH OFs (Tilson, Rutherford, Gonzalez, Walker) and one of our RH OFs (Cordell, Adolfo, eventually Bush who has been moved to RF from 3B), and that doesn’t even account for any possible contribution from the switch-hitting Basabe. Even more hypothetically, if we get something useful - even on a platoon basis - from Cordell and Tilson, it gives us additional flexibility to trade from the OF depth for pitching, and/or move Eloy to DH if necessary. And at that point, if Eloy is the DH, we can select a 1B from among the best among Sheets, Burger, or - if we draft him - Vaughn, which might in turn might provide additional surplus prospect capital to include in trade for pitching.

There’s very little risk in giving Cordell and Tilson as many starts as possible in the outfield right now, but with the additional - if admittedly unlikely - upside. There’s much less upside with a veteran like Kemp.
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Old 05-11-2019, 02:04 PM
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I disagree wholeheartedly, and over the course of their next 300 at bats I'd take Kemp's talent, even at his age, over Cordell or Tilson - both of whom very likely don't belong at this level.


Kemp hit .290/.338/.481 in over 500 at bats last year. I don't think it's a stretch to say that even in a platoon that is WELL beyond those two.
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Old 05-11-2019, 03:48 PM
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I disagree wholeheartedly, and over the course of their next 300 at bats I'd take Kemp's talent, even at his age, over Cordell or Tilson - both of whom very likely don't belong at this level.

Kemp hit .290/.338/.481 in over 500 at bats last year. I don't think it's a stretch to say that even in a platoon that is WELL beyond those two.
To what end? To win three more games this year and move our draft position down five spots?

If we were competing for a wild card spot, then sure, but we arenít, so why bother?
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