It’s a good house. Not great, even if people want to say it’s better than it is, and it’s probably thought of as nicer than it is simply because it’s in New York. But it is really good. And classy. Apropos of its owner:
Bernie Williams took to the batter’s box during the New York Yankees’ Old Timers’ Day over the weekend, but off the field the retired outfielder is looking to pitch. Williams, a five-time All-Star and four-time World Series champion with the Bronx Bombers, has put his North Castle mansion on the market for a cool $3.5 million.
I’ve noticed a pattern with these ballplayer houses: most rooms look like they’ve never been lived in and then you come across a couple where you know they were all the time. The couple of rooms where the owner told the real estate agent’s stagers “Nope, not taking my stuff out of here. This is my room.”
For Williams it’s clearly the recording studio and the room with the blue leather furniture. Everything else he probably just walks through quickly to get to the recording studio and the room with the blue leather furniture.
The Dodgers have pulled off their first blockbuster trade of the offseason, sending Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Charlie Culberson, Adrian Gonzalez and cash considerations to the Braves for Matt Kemp, per announcements from both teams. The Braves are set to designate Gonzalez for assignment on Monday, making him a free agent.
Kemp, 33, had a down year with the Braves in 2017, hitting a career-low -0.5 fWAR in 115 games with the club. At the plate, he slashed a modest .276/.318/.463 with 19 home runs and a .781 OPS through 467 plate appearances, but was hampered by a nagging left hamstring strain through most of the season. This will be his 10th campaign with the Dodgers.
Whether or not Kemp can rebound during his second stint in Los Angeles is almost beside the point, however. The deal is effectively a salary dump to end all salary dumps. Offloading multiple one-year contracts for McCarthy, Kazmir and Gonzalez should bring the Dodgers back under the $197 million luxury tax threshold and position them to make a run at some of the big fish in next year’s free agent pool. It’s also worth noting that they may not keep Kemp around for long — per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the club appears as likely to flip the veteran outfielder as they are to use him. As for the Braves, they not only rid themselves of the $43 million due Kemp through 2020, but added some rotation and infield depth with McCarthy and Culberson and can now give top prospect Ronald Acuna a legitimate tryout in left field.