The Cubs, White Sox are getting inquires about relievers Marmol, Santos

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The White Sox are in a bit of a transitional period.  And a lot of people assumed that the Cubs would try to make a play for Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols or something like that. Maybe it’s more likely that both teams will simply be sellers. Here’s Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune:

According to sources, both the White Sox and Cubs are getting a lot of calls about their proven relievers, including closers Sergio Santos and Carlos Marmol.  Seven teams are trying to fill a void at closer, and five of those (Red Sox, Blue Jays,Twins, Reds and Mets) are also looking for set-up men. While it would be painful to trade arms like Santos and Marmol, they could bring back multiple parts in trades. They are signed to contracts that could make them bargains.

Marmol had some meltdowns last year, but he’s still an excellent option for someone in the market. Santos, the converted infielder, saved 30 games last year and is uber-cheap.

Meanwhile, the Phillies paid $50 million+ for Jonathan Papelbon.  Yeah, he’s better, but it’s not like he’s some piece of unobtainium.

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?