Matt Kemp and the Dodgers are nearing a two-year deal

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Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times tweets it.  Here are some more details. It’s two years, but we don’t know terms yet.

The sense before was that Kemp may want to go year to year with the Dodgers given the fact that (a) he’s a stud centerfielder; and (b) the Dodgers could be in the poorhouse soon.  But two years isn’t some monstrous commitment either, as it only buys out his last two arb years two of his first three arbitration years and fully preserves his rights to hit free agency when he would have anyway.

Padres release Phil Hughes

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The Padres have released right-hander Phil Hughes. He was recently designated for assignment.

Hughes was traded from the Twins to the Padres at the end of May in a deal that was, essentially, the Padres acquiring a Competitive Balance pick and agreeing to pick up half of Hughes outstanding salary, which is $13.2 million in 2019. The Padres used him for 16 relief appearances but he was terrible, posting a 6.10 ERA.

The 32-year-old is a 12-year veteran. Given that he’ll basically be free to anyone who wants him, it’s not unreasonable to think he’ll get a non-roster invite to someone’s spring training next year, but it could very well be the end for him as well.