The Orioles are still talking to the the Dodgers about Matt Kemp

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles have had further discussions with the Dodgers about a possible Matt Kemp trade. He says the Padres and Mariners are still involved as well.

The other day the Orioles downplayed reports of talks, calling them “preliminary.” Well, now I’d guess they’re, um, liminary.

Kemp, 30, still has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract. He also has a recent injury history which could slow things down with the Orioles who, infamously, flunked Grant Balfour on his physical last year and are thought to have some fairly high and possibly confusing medical clearance standards by some in the business.

But it sure sounds like Matt Kemp is getting moved soon.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: