Brandon Finnegan to be the first player to play in two World Series in one year

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College and Major League, that is.

Brandon Finnegan was the first round selection of the Royals — the 17th pick overall — just this past June, signing for slot at $2,200,600. He signed out of Texas Christian University, where he posted a 2.04 ERA with 134 strikeouts in 105 and two-thirds innings this year. Also: TCU happened to appear in the College World Series.  He’s about to appear in the World Series with the Royals, making him the first player to do that ever. The Boston Herald has his story today.

Here’s hoping, for his sake, his current World Series run goes better than TCU’s did.

 

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?