Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC Sport.com's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

The Padres are dangling Matt Kemp

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This is not a shocker by any stretch of the imagination: the Padres are letting it be known that outfielder Matt Kemp can be had in a trade.

The hope going into the season from the Padres front office had to be that Kemp would start hot and look like an appealing offensive upgrade to a contender. On that count things are a mixed bag. Kemp’s power numbers are really nice — 10 homers and a .500 slugging percentage — but he’s only hitting .250 and has only walked four times in 39 games.

That could appeal to someone — power is always valuable — but given that he’s owed $21.5 million this year, next year and for two more years after that, it’s unlikely anyone will give up anything worth a thing unless the Padres eat a ton of that salary. And even then it may not be a lot.

Good luck, Padres. Maybe someone bites. But they’re not going to bite big.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s afternoon action

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Back in the day they used to call weekday day games “businessmen’s specials.” The idea being that some Don Draper-type might take the afternoon off from work and take in a ballgame. Or use the ballgame as an excuse, telling Betty Draper he’d be there while he was really at that Greenwich Village apartment with the beatnik greeting card artist woman who ended up being strung out on H or whatever happened later on. That was first season stuff, so I forget. You get the idea, though.

We don’t call them “businessmen’s specials” anymore because it’s 2016 and a lot has changed. Women being taken seriously as an important part of the workforce is the obvious one, but I think it’s also because the idea of a “businessman” is inherently ridiculous. Remember those “Kids in the Hall” sketches where literally the only joke was that things like “businessmen” exist? I couldn’t take that word seriously anymore after that, even if Skip Caray kept using the term well into the 1990s.

Anyway, we have a few day games today. They’re not businessmen specials. Let’s call them “work from home people’s distractions.” Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Jeremy Hellickson), 1:05 PM EDT, Citizens Bank Park

Minnesota Twins (Ricky Nolasco) @ Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander), 1:10 PM EDT, Comerica Park

Boston Red Sox (Steven Wright) @ Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy), 2:15 PM EDT, Kauffman Stadium

Texas Rangers (Martin Perez) @ Oakland Athletics (Rich Hill), 3:35 PM EDT, Oakland Coliseum

Hold my calls, Peggy.

Video: The bat-flip and the right cross . . . animated

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I’m not sure the physics here are correct — the definition of “equal” and “opposite” are pretty subjective when it comes to this business — but this animated treatment of Jose Bautista‘s bat flip and Rougned Odor‘s punch is entertaining enough.

Either way, it’s enough to say that life inspires art and great art helps us appreciate life and it would’ve been sad if nothing like this had been created in the wake of Sunday’s silliness.