Nationals, Brewers are interested in Kelly Shoppach

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Red Sox backup catcher Kelly Shoppach has been bandied about in trade talks for close to a month now. The latest:

He’s hitting .261/.343/.513 in 136 plate appearances and isn’t expensive.  He’d be a good platoon catcher, as he mashes lefties.

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?