Dan Plesac and Doug Glanville out of running for Cubs’ TV job, Jim Deshaies will interview

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Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com has an update on the Cubs’ search for Bob Brenly’s replacement:

You can add at least one more name to the list: Jim Deshaies. Sources confirmed the longtime Houston Astros color analyst recently interviewed for the job.

Another source said that Dan Plesac – who was viewed as a frontrunner – informed WGN on Friday that he’s withdrawing from consideration and will remain at the MLB Network.

Doug Glanville, who was rumored to be in the running, is now working on a contract extension with ESPN. He serves as an analyst from time to time on “Baseball Tonight” and contributes columns to ESPN.com.

Rick Sutcliffe, Eric Karros, Gary Matthews, and Todd Hollandsworth are thought to be alive as contenders.

Brenly left his post as color commentator on the Cubs broadcasts in October for the same job in the Diamondbacks’ booth. He makes his home in the desert and led the Snakes to a World Series title in ’01.

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?