In case you were wondering, Matt Kemp won't be dealt

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A bit of news from the “obvious” stack this weekend.

As reported by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have no intention of trading outfielder Matt Kemp despite his down season.

“I’ve never floated his name,” Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said Saturday.
“He’s a gifted, five-tool player. He’s getting better and better. He’s
had a tough couple of months. It’s a baseball career. It’s not a
baseball two months. … I have no intention of moving him.”

And that’s how it should be.  Kemp is batting just .258/.313/.463 this season, well off his career pace of .291/.340/.477, but he’s only 25 and even the greatest superstars (not named Albert Pujols) go through a disappointing season or two.  He has a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger in his trophy case and he hit 26 home runs, tallied 101 RBI and swiped 34 stolen bases last season for Los Angeles.  Sure, the Dodgers could use a couple of starters, but selling low on potential greatness would be downright foolish.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.