Report: Dodgers, Padres “working hard” on a Matt Kemp deal, which is “getting closer”

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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.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.