This should super-charge the Matt Kemp trade speculation: Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he’d “be surprised” if the outfielder isn’t traded by the Dodgers.
“I haven’t heard a player’s name floated around like that and something not happen,” Stewart noted, adding that “Matt wants to be a Dodger as long as the Dodgers want him.”
Kemp struggled through shoulder problems this year, playing just 73 games while posting a career-worst .723 OPS, and he has $128 million remaining on his contract over the next six seasons.
Life comes at you fast.
The Phillies have designated pitcher Mark Appel for assignment. Appel was the number one overall pick, taken by the Houston Astros, in the 2013 draft before being dealt to the Phillies in 2015. He was selected one slot ahead of Kris Bryant and 31 slots above Aaron Judge, by the way.
Appel, who is somehow already 26, posted a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. He’s had a history of bone spurs and other ailments that have hindered his development.
It could still come together for Appel in a new location — the Phillies have seven days to trade or waive him — but at this point you can’t consider him a prospect.