Matt Kemp has been rumored to be going places. He may be coming right down here to San Diego:
The Padres have been linked to Kemp for a couple of weeks now, as have the Orioles, Mariners and any number of mystery teams. But San Diego looks like it’s gonna happen now.
In earlier reports, catcher Yasmani Grandal was said to be a piece to be sent back north, with some cash being sent down to the Padres. Rosenthal also suggests that pitching prospect Matt Wisler would be involved in the deal. UPDATE: Rosenthal now says that Wisler would not be included.
And, speaking of cash, it’s worth remembering, as Aaron reminded us yesterday, that while Kemp is still owed a good deal of money, it’s not like he’s not worth a large portion of that money as opposed to the albatross many consider him and his contract to be.
There’s no two ways about it: Aristides Aquino is having a rookie year for the ages. The hot-hitting Reds outfielder tacked another item onto his already lengthy list of accomplishments on Friday, clubbing a two-run, 396-foot home run off of Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 13-4 loss to the Cardinals.
The blast came far too late in the game to upset the Cardinals’ nine-run lead, but was otherwise perfectly timed for the rookie. It marked his 10th career home run in just 16 major-league games, officially making him the fastest MLB player to 10 homers in league history. (On a less-thrilling note, it was also the first home run allowed by the Cardinals in 32 2/3 consecutive innings.)
So far in 2019, Aquino is batting a robust .353/.400/.961 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, a 1.361 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR through 55 plate appearances. Friday’s feat follows other impressive performances from the 25-year-old, who collected three homers against the Cubs last Saturday and tied Trevor Story‘s previously unbeaten record for most homers through his first 10 career games. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Aquino’s torrid home run pace also eclipsed the standing record held by the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, who delivered nine home runs through his first 16 career games in 2017 (per Elias).