Dale Sveum to get a second interview with the Red Sox

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Given that the first interview consisted of nine hours of conversation and a battery of managerial simulations — and given that the dude worked for Boston previously — I’m not sure what will be learned in a second Dale Sveum interview.  But according to Ken Rosenthal he’s getting one.

Pete Abe says the interview could be as soon as tomorrow in Milwaukee.  That’s convenient because Sveum currently works for the Brewers; and (b) the general managers and owners meetings are being held there this week.

The Sox have also interviewed Sandy Alomar Jr., Torey Lovullo, Gene Lamont, and Pete Mackanin. Mike Maddux respectfully declined, not wanting to go to Boston.  The Cubs are interested in Sveum too and have already interviewed him.  This could be a situation where everyone involved feels the need to strike quickly.

Mets sign Matt Kemp to minor league deal

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The Mets have had a lot of injuries in their outfield. How many? So many that they’re bringing in Matt Kemp, who they just signed on a minor league deal. Hey, why not? He’s functionally free.

Kemp was released by the Reds earlier this month after batting just .200/.210/.283 over 62 plate appearances. While he was a pretty useful player for the first half of the 2018 season for the Dodgers, the odds of him making major contributions to the Mets this year are probably about the same odds there were on Adrián González making an impact when the Mets signed him last year. But again: what’s the harm?