Paper Clip Trade Results in Utility Player Tony Kemp's Arrival

In June 2011, Jim Hendry was finally given a real budget to spend on the June amateur draft. The farm system was barren despite the team missing the postseason the previous two seasons. The Cubs selected Javier Báez first in a franchise altering pick, but with a fair amount of fanfare added beefy Daniel Vogelbach in the second round. The Cubs lacked impact talent and power potential throughout the system. The Cubs signed Vogelbach for $1.6 million which was over half a million more than previous year’s first round draft pick Hayden Simpson.

The bad body 1B/DH with huge raw power and good bat control was rated the Cubs best power prospect and penciled in the projected 2015 Cubs lineup at Baseball America. The article was published on November  14, 2011. Less than two months later his Cubs career effectively ended when the new front office acquired their former prized prospect Anthony Rizzo.

2015 has come and gone with Javier Báez and Dillon Maples the only players still in the organization off of that projected lineup from 2011. Vogelbach and Theo Epstein and company first draft in Chicago pick Paul Blackburn were flipped for Mike Montgomery and Jordan Pries. Monty became an invaluable contributor to the 2016-2018 teams as Maddon’s Swiss Army knife on the pitching staff. The Cubs flipping Martin Maldonado says a lot of things about what the front office thinks about the 2019 team.

First it is clear that the deal for Martin Maldonado was as much if not more about moving Mike Montgomery off the roster. The fact that Monty continued to be used as a LOOGY despite struggling in that role was  a bad fit for everyone in the organization. Monty was clearly not happy being demoted to that role, and his performance was not good either in that role. The front office removed Maddon’s ability to use Monty by removing him from the roster and acquired a pitcher who is screaming to be used in that traditional role.

I am disappointed that the Cubs are not willing to carry 3 catchers through the month of August. Maldonado checked a lot of boxes even though he was a player you did not want to see starting very often. Instead Maldonado’s value was in helping to tutor two young catchers still very much developing their defensive chops. Maldonado on the roster would have also made it easier for Maddon to start both Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini at the same time. And out of the Cubs options getting both their catchers in the lineup seems like the surest shot in the arm for the ailing offense.

The Cubs front office clearly did not feel that way as they continued to turn their paper clip into something different for the fringes of the big league roster. Enter recently DFA’d Tony Kemp. The Cubs swapped their remaining financial commitment to Martin Maldonado for Tony Kemp‘s remaining salary this season. The Cubs also have control over Kemp for the next five seasons as Kemp is not even arbitration eligible next year. This move saves somewhere in the neighborhood of $500,000. Brendan Miller estimated $600,000 and Brett Taylor stated $400,000 initially and then over $600,000,

Looking at Tony Kemp‘s slash line it is easy to see why the Astros chose to part with the diminutive left handed utility player. Kemp has slashed .227/.308/.417 after having a solid 2018 hitting .263/.351/.392. The short, left handed player who can handle a middle infield spot will draw instant comparisons to the Cubs recently departed, diminutive left handed middle infielder Tommy La Stella. However, Kemp offers a number of different skills than La Stella did, primarily speed and defensive chops. Kemp is not an elite defender by any stretch, but he should be able to handle second and the corner OF spots well. Kemp also will become the fastest player on the roster.

Kemp’s spot would seem to come at the expense of running out of steam feel good story Robel García. Kemp could slot in as the Cubs leadoff hitter, as Joe Maddon continues to sort through bad options at the top of the lineup. The most obvious players on the roster to fill that role are Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant. However, neither player truly feels comfortable hitting at the top of the lineup. I tend to agree with Michael that where players hit in the lineup’s importance is very much overblown, but with Bryant succeeding as the third spot hitter it is easy to see why Joe wouldn’t want to mess with that.

Kemp fills the same defensive spots that García does with a few important differences. The upgrade on defense will be clear very early on, but despite both players having a low OBP there is reason for hope out of Kemp. First is the previous success Kemp has had recently. Playing the arbitrary end points game, we can paint the picture of a player on the rise. Kemp’s slash line is a lot more respectable .250/.324/.469, if you cut out the first 13 games where he hit .143/.250/.229. 

Kemp is likely to get an opportunity to make some starts at second base, and it would be more surprising if Maddon didn’t try Kemp at least a few times at the top lineup than if Kemp was the leadoff man in tomorrow’s series finale. Kemp’s play might push him into a bench role, but for now he is likely to get starts given that he provides a different type of bat in the lineup:

If Kemp’s numbers continue to decline, then he is a relative easy cut. However, he offers enough skills to be a useful bench player with his speed, defense, and contact ability. Yet again Theo Epstein has made a less than sexy move that has improved the roster around the edges. It doesn’t feel like enough, but the Cubs should be better in 2019 after this move. And surprisingly it has made the 2020 Cubs slightly better as well.

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  • It's hard to get excited over this move, but at least it's a change...

  • Is it alarming that Tony Kemp is likely our best contact hitter, yet he was DFA’d by a World Series caliber team.

    I’ll be honest, when seeing the contact ability of Tony Kemp, I do like this trade a little more. Along with his speed and ability to play average defense at multiple positions , it is what we need.

    But I do question between the $1.6M bonus for the 2011 2nd round draft pick (Dan Vogelbach) and Tony Kemp, did we trade $1.6M for a paper clip, or did we trade a paper clip for Tony Kemp?

  • Forgive me for reposting something I posted to an old thread from earlier today.......

    I have learned a lot on this site. First time poster. Like many of you, John's work ignited a spark to follow the Cubs prospects before they were even on the rise as a team.

    Over that time, I have seen my dream come true in 2016. But I have also seen lots of guys who could contribute in the majors moved out of their minor league system for little to no return.

    I am missing some guys but here are the guys I am frustrated we did not get more for to see them leave our organization:

    Soler, Jimenez, Castro, Voglebach, Cease, Torrez (I'll give that one a pass due to the result), Josh Donaldson, DJ Lemahieu, and the fact that Russell is still here.

    When you look at the hole in backup shortstop and second base, and ponder how many guys that could have filled those roles that we got rid of, and who we kept, it's crazy. And to trade a potential lefty starting #5 pitcher with around a .500 record for a backup catcher you then flip for a backup 2nd baseman who hits for average with the Schwarber's of the world, that screams asset mismanagement to me.

    It makes me believe that Theo has one finger on the jettison button in 2 years and fritters away talent to try to maximize the current window, which he shut prematurely himself.

  • In reply to hereismike:

    Castro is awful and LeMahieu was projected as a utility infielder at the time he was traded. Soler and Vogelbach are nice players but duplicated what the Cubs has at the time and don't forget that Vogelbach netted Montgomery who was a valuable piece for three years. LeMahieu was considered a utility infielder at the time he was moved. As far as Eloy and Cease the jury is out. If Cease is a closer and Jimenez is a slightly above average bat I'm not sure that trade was a loss, specifically at Quintana's far undervalue contract. Hindsight is 20/20.

  • It's being reported we made a trade for Castellanos... What we gave up isn't known yet.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    For Paul Richan and Alex Lange.

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Really? I will take that all day every day..

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    Agreed. a 45 and a 40 grade prospect.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    One report I heard was Garcia was in it??????

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    Cubs add Castellanos late. And Astros add Greinke.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Astros also got Aaron Sanchez.

  • I think you forgot Lou Brock. Theo wasn’t around for the Donaldson trade. He was traded for rich harden for the 07 or the 08 playoff run. Good trade at the time. Gleybar torres netted the cubs Arnoldo’s Chapman who without cubs don’t win World Series. So let wanted a trade at his request and netted cubs closer wade davis. Danny light tower Viogelbomb was traded for mike Montgomery who got the most important out in cubs history.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Cease and Jimenez were traded for Quintana. He’s been pretty good for the cubs and the jury is still out for cease and Jimenez since they just got to majors. And the last Theo trade that prematurely slams the window shut was Feldman and clevengr for jake arrietta and Pedro strop.

  • By the time Voglebach was in AA it was clear he was going to be able to help a team at the MLB level, but that his best spot would be in the AL at 1B or DH. But guys with power like that don't grow on trees. My question is why move him out before he comes to the majors and proves his worth? What is the issue with having someone actually good who could spell Rizzo when he doesn't play? When people see him do damage in the show, they will have to pay more to get him. We sold him for pennies on the dollar.

  • In reply to hereismike:

    They've already got somebody good who can spell Rizzo. That would be Caratini. The Cubs needed a LHP more than they needed a power hitting minor-leager with poor defense.

  • In reply to hereismike:

    Thing is he couldn't play any other position. If he could have Matt Stairs'd it in right field on occasion it would have helped. Rizzo gets six days off a year.

  • In reply to hereismike:

    I disagree that they sold Vogelbomb for pennies. They got a controllable lefty swingman, and I think it was the right time to deal him when he was on the verge of the majors. Remember he needed some cups of coffee to establish himself, and some guys completely lose their value when they get exposed in the big leagues.

  • In reply to hereismike:

    Montgomery more than held up his end on that trade. And Vogelbach was hitting well at AAA it’s not like they sold low. He was blocked and teams knew that. Very happy with that trade just because Montgomery isn’t here now doesn’t make it bad. Montgomery’s Job was to help the big club at a time their relief pitching needed help, and he did that. I look at that trade as a win win not even close to a loss

  • The Astros LOADED UP!

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    This is a trade that is hard to get too excited about. But I also have a fascination with guys who can just plain put the bat on the ball AND be willing to take a BB.

    We'll see how this turns out. If he can maintain this kind of K% and BB% I can get used to him. Solid defense up the middle will be nice too. Another LH bat would be nice.

    Worst case scenario he is a bottom of the roster player who checks a couple of boxes for the Cubs (2B, LHB, contact, cheap). No, this isn't a "sexy" move. It also isn't likely to "turn the season around" for the Cubs. But while it is a "low-ceiling" move it is also a "high-floor" move. As Mike points out, Maldonado had as much to do with moving Montgomery off the roster as it did how much the Cubs liked what Maldanado brought to the table (though they did need a catcher at the time). But the Cubs had a gaping hole at 2B. That has been filled. We'll see how this turns out.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    2b hole was not filled. Last man on roster filled temporarily

  • Tigers trade..to us....

  • Waiting on who goes back.. Castellanos for?

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    Richan and Lange.

  • Theo made the deal.

  • Castellanos can flat hit....this is a real good get!

  • I heard Lange and Richan?

  • Bleeding minor-league starters: Hatch, Richan, Lange. I hope the guys who are left are better and can become ML contributors.

  • In reply to seattlecub:

    Hatch had to be put on the 40 man roster anyways I can care less about him not much upside. Richans the one that may sting a bit he was an underslot 2nd round pick last year that’s been picking it up lately

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Yeah, Hatch and Lange haven’t shown much in their years here. They were usually included in the general hand wave at possible starters to fill the future holes.

  • In reply to seattlecub:

    Agreed I don’t dislike Lange as much but he doesn’t miss bats either, and I see him as a reliever. Good kid wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a major leaguer but I think they can easily find guys just like him. Solid return did Detroit but they didn’t get the guys I wanted to see the team protect

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Definitely agree, I'm glad we kept Thompson,
    Miller, Uelmen, Little, Abbott, Patterson, etc.......

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    He can REALLY hit, His 2018 slash line is REALLY good. 298/.354/.500/.854 and crushes left handed pitchers

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    In reply to John Nesbit:

    SSS applies (only 82 PAs this year) but he is slashing .347/.415/.611 with a 15.9% K% and a 9/8% BB% vs LHP. And last year wasn't far off that.

    THAT could get interesting.

  • Castellanos currently leading the AL with 37 doubles. I like that.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I'd kinda like to see Kemp, Castellanos, Rizzo, Bryant, Baez, Contreras, all as our first 6 batters.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Kemp should not be a starter

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    No, but I don’t think we have 8 true starters on this team. He adds more speed and contact ability at a better clip than anyone we have now, so he can actually maybe impact the lineup in a positive way more than our other 2nd base options.

    Perhaps Joe will bat the pitcher 8th and Kemp 9th as the faux “leadoff hitter?” That might work well once Zobrist is back at the top of the lineup.

  • A few bodies are going to be making the trip from St Louis to Des Moines.

  • In reply to ps577:

    Hope they don't drive. Heading north to Iowa is akin to Hell from Haites. Little towns full of Cards fans is not good.

  • Hope they had a Limo and private jet ready.

  • Who did we give up for Greg Holland?

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    Soler

  • In reply to good4you:

    Soler traded for Davis, wasn’t he?

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    In reply to stix:

    Yeah. I figured maybe he meant Derek Holland.

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    In reply to John Winter:

    Did we trade anything for Holland or just pick him up as a DFA?

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Derek was acquired for “cash considerations” after he was DFA’d

  • In reply to stix:

    Oops. I always mix up Greg Holland and Wade Davis.

  • So Castellanos is gonna platoon with Schwarber then?

  • In reply to good4you:

    Right field with JHey moving to center against righties. .

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    Jhey will need to play the entire outfield to cover defensive deficiencies of Castellanos and Schwarber. Will wear Jhey out.

  • Carl Edwards Jr to the Friars.

  • In reply to good4you:

    I haven't seen the return. Looks like a way to clear a little salary to me.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Possibly replace one of the minor league pitchers traded for Castellanos...

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    An under performing Lefty, also 27 years old with a 5.40 era. So yeah, salary dump.

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    Very little MLB experience, but much better last year and in the minor leagues. I think he might be more than a salary dump. At worst, it's a trade of pitchers that could both use a change of scenery. But if the Cubs staff can get through, like they couldn't with CJ, this could be a big pickup.

  • Wow Carl Edwards to the Padres. Is he out of options? I don’t know if I like giving him away but he certainly might need a change of scenery. The guys mentally soft in my opinion

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I think everyone was over CJs attitude. You could hear it in Maddon's comments after his last outing. Maddon rarely talks about players like he did that day. Curious about the trade return.

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    Brad Wieck from the Padres. A 27-year- old LHRP with some big K numbers and a couple options left.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Wieck has good stuff when he puts it together and miss bats. Carl has good stuff when he puts it together and misses bats. The difference? Both needed a kick in the pants. The difference for the Cubs? Wieck is a lefty. Minor move that could pay dividends. If anyone has strong feelings either way they're premature.

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    In reply to TC154:

    If there's anything this board has learned to do since John passed away it is massively over-react to things.

    I agree. If anyone has strong feelings either way UNLESS YOU KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THEM WE DON'T those feelings are premature.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I looked at Wieck a little closer. He's got good stuff but has been bitten hard by the long ball this year, and that has really skewed his overall numbers. Maybe we can tweak something.

    Word is he will report to Iowa but expected to get the call very soon. The swap for Edwards does clear almost $1M in payroll which I'm sure was necessary. We got a little IFA money from the Padres as well.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    That's a cool, but probably well deserved throw in; CJ was probably worth more between the 2............do you know what the IFA amount was?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    I haven't seen the IFA dollar amounts in the deal, but we also traded Jimmy Herron to the Rockies for more IFA money.

    The Tigers kicked in about $500K on the Costellanos deal, so we're on the hook for about $2.5M the rest of this year on him. The Ricketts gave approval to up the budget to get that deal done, but gosh we're close to that upper threshold. I hope we have good accountants.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    They’re good I think it’s clear that payroll constraints were real and were a big factor in some minor moves. Even adding castellanos wasn’t easy, and Detroit was only willing to pick up 500K of his salary. Probably the reason for the maldanado/Edwards trades. And they were over their limit for IFA signings by like 400K or so someone wrote a month ago. Some were speculating that they would need to trade for IFA money. Herron didn’t impress me at all this year. If I remember he was an underslot guy that allowed them pay other guys in that class. I don’t know his exact signing bonus though so don’t quote me on that last point, but I’m pretty sure he was an underslot guy

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Thanks Barely.......

  • In reply to TC154:

    Exactly. Plus the Cubs save some money, and apparently that is really big deal because I hear they are living paycheck to paycheck these days.

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    It’s not about what they can afford financially, but not wanting to pay penalties in lowered draft picks and a lower amount of IFA money they will be allowed to spend. Those are harsher penalties that hurt the organization more than just the billionaires having to spend another $30M of their pocket change.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Salary dump to absorb rest of Castellanos salary?

  • In reply to stix:

    That’s my guess stix and frankly with cj grades towards future years where he’s out of options he needed a change of scenery.

  • I like both of these deals, and I hope Cubs give Kemp a lot of starts against RH starters. Time will tell, but Kemp could be a high on base percentage bat against RH starters. Kemp was behind Altuve, & a bunch of-OF depth in Houston. I know it is a roll of the dice, but with the Cubs flaws you need a player like this to step up and perform.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    We essentially got Kemp for Vogelbach through Montgomery, pretty solid............

  • Platoon Kemp/Bote at 2b
    Platoon Almora/Schwarber in OF
    Switch hitters Caratini, Happ, Garcia on the bench
    Zo can have Garcia's spot as a bench player if he returns

    This looks better. Save your job, Joe!

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Kemp takes Maldonado's spot on the roster but someone will have to go down for Castellanos.

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    In reply to ps577:

    Couldn't we just as easily say, "Castellanos takes Madanado's spot on the roster but someone will have to go down for Kemp"? Either way, we have an extra guy on the MLB roster.

    My guess is Maddon will come in tomorrow and say, "Garcia, could I speak to you a minute?"

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Cubs DFA De La Cruz to open a spot on the 40-man...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    He’s probably going to be claimed. I kind of like ODLC. I’d a thought Rosario, Zagunis or BB even. Hopefully a miracle happens & we get to keep him.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    That's surprising............

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    I assume both of them will make the 25-man roster. I thought I read Kemp is out of options which probably led to HOU DFA'ing him. But, yes, they needed to do a 40-man transaction as well.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Probably the reason why Kemp was DFA'd was he is out of options. Or else they would have just sent him down.

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    In reply to KJRyno:

    And the Astros have a really good 2B and plenty of OF. All-in-all, a minor deal with bottom of the roster guys. The guy the Cubs got actually might fill a need for them which makes it kind of interesting. But I'm not holding my breath on him becoming an all-star.

  • Jesse Rogers says CJ is going to San Diego...

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    I looked a little deeper in Castellanos numbers. If he went oppo more, he'd crush it at Wrigley.

  • Brad Weick

  • OK, looks like the Kemp acquisition means the Descalso days with the Cubs are probably over. Also, probably won't be seeing Russell brought back up this year. Maybe Garcia is still in play.

    Castellanos will primarily replace Almora in the lineup (Hayward moving to CF), but will platoon some with Schwarber against tough lefties.

    From what I've read (I don't follow AL players much) this trade could be very big for the club. This team needs a lead-off man desperately. He could fit the bill, otherwise if Joe thinks he slots elsewhere in the lineup, he is a much better hitter than whoever he'll be replacing.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    Castellanos is poor defensively. Hope Heyward has track shoes to cover the entire outfield if Schwarber and Castellanos play on the same field.

  • In reply to stix:

    Heyward not great in center. That will be bad defensive outfield

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Hayride had 1 homerun and 7 rbi for the month of July. His resurrection was short lived. Not ideal numbers for your 20 million a year power hitting right fielder. These numbers are not even acceptable for a reserve journeyman. Castellanos should play right and hayride should sit.

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    In reply to Oldno7:

    Which would put the always dangerous Happ/Almora platoon in CF?

    If you are worried about HR and RBI "Hayride" has more HR this year (15) than Castellanos (11) AND more RBI (Heyward - 44 Castellanos - 37) with fewer PAs.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Castellanos also makes half the money of hayride which would have allowed for better upgrades. Castellanos also plays in a bigger ballpark which might explain his league leading doubles numbers. Hayride’s ops for the month of July were also his worst of the season. And I think the juiced ball probably has led to his increase in early season homerun output.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    With a team made up of guys that don't get on base, Heyward is one that actually has been. Batted .321 in June and .306 in July. No way he sits.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    Russell is still a Cubs asset because if Javy were to go one the DL, even for a short stint, they'd be screwed if Russell wasn't an hours flight away. If Javy is healthy the rest of the way, no we don't ever see Russell in Wrigley again.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Honestly I understand the desire to trade Russell, but personally I wanted to keep him. His value is just so destroyed right now because of his past issues that he’s really more valuable in this organization then somewhere else. Especially when you consider he has options for now and can be stashed at AAA. No reason to just give him away

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I agree. Russell has value to cubs being stashable in Iowa. I would think they will think long and hard during the offseason (if they can’t trade him) whether they offer him another major league contract even.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Right good point. He'll be needed if something happens to Javy (cross fingers).

  • Can either Kemp or Castellanos run well? Big hole there. I think the Kemp, Bote, Garcia, Zobrist musical chairs will be an improvement unless somebody steps up big. Castellanos will go out for defense. Theo obviously recognized the need for somebody to play who was not strictly strike out, homer, lose the game.
    The Holland acquisition was sweet as Dutch Chocolate. Phelps, strictly a roll of the dice. Giving up middling minor league pitchers to at least be a player in a competitive, weak division was a shrewd gamblers’ decision, and I like it.

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    In reply to Swarf:

    Kemp is a very fast runner. Yea.

  • Is Castellanos just a rental for the Cubs, or is he under contract/arbitration control for multiple years? Can anybody share the details on that?

  • In reply to HefCA:

    He’s a rental

  • In reply to HefCA:

    Rental, and Boras is his agent. Catch 22 - he has an incentive to do well going into free agency, but if he does he'll be more expensive to sign. Still...

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    IMO EVERY player has an "incentive to do well going into free agency."

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Of course they do. And if they do really well, they become more expensive as free agents, especially if their agent is named "Boras."

  • Looking at Castellanos stats in more detail, his #s the last two weeks were brutal, probably because of the trade rumors surrounding him. So looking at he 3-year splits (thank you ESPN) for 2016-2018, he hits both RH and LH very well. Not a huge difference, really. Just consistently good. I hope he is not just platooned against RHers, he is better than that. Played a lot of 3B also, so there is that.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    Is there any advantage to Castellanos at 3B and Bryant in the OF? If Nick's defense is as bad as I'm hearing, the OF might be a safer place for him.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Probably not a big advantage. KB is a good 3B, better than Bote from what I've seen. Nick is probably better off in RF or LF, wherever needed.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    Nick will likely start in RF with Heyward sliding over to play CF. He is not a platoon player, not in this lineup at least.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    Should be a platoon player

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    When the tigers got Candelario from the cubs,The tigers put Castellanos in the outfield because he was a poor third baseman.

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    Bryant hasn't been awful at 3B this year. It is his OF time that brings his defensive numbers down (which, honestly surprises me, but, there it is). Per Fangraphs article about the trade while Castellanos is an awful outfielder don't mistake that for saying he isn't even worse at 3B.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    Derp, his #s are better against LHs, not RHs. Not significant in 2016-2018, but significant in 2019. No way they got him to start only against LHers. He'll be (mostly) a full-time guy. That means AA will be playing less, but probably platoons with Schwarber in the cards, too.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    Hitting over .340 vs lefties this yr. only about .270+ overall.

  • In reply to stix:

    .257 vs righties this yr.

  • Cardinals did nothing and the Crew got Pomeranz......makes ya wonder....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    CD picked up lefty reliever.

  • In reply to stix:

    Cingrani for Gyrko

  • My friends, I sometimes get a bad rap for calling it like I see it, but I'm going to continue to do that because...well that's who I am. Kemp is just yet another crappy hitter except with less power than the existing group of .220-.250 avg, hovering around .300 OBP guys. I know, I know, if we take out his first x at bats and Mondays, Wednesdays, etc we can find that he may hit .250. He may start off hot like Descalso and Garcia, but after enough at bats his talent will tell the tale. And offensively, it just isn't all that good.

    That being said, I absolutely LOVE Castellanos in this lineup. This guy is a doubles machine and, at least during the summer, that will translate to more HR's in Wrigley than in Detroit. He is a proven hitter who isn't having his best year in 2019 but his numbers are still good and, as importantly, he passes the eye test. I've liked this guy for some time now. I think we are ALL going to be big fans !!!! I'll be there Friday to welcome him to Wrigley !!!!

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    In reply to INSaluki:

    "My friends, I sometimes get a bad rap for calling it like I see it, but I'm going to continue to do that because...well that's who I am." Way to be a rebel.

    So you don't buy the consensus on here that Kemp is obviously going to be the best features of Babe Ruth, Roy Hobbs, Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio? Come on, man. He is a bottom of the roster player. And to get that we traded a bottom of the roster player.

    He does have a couple skills that make him more interesting than DeScalso: he has some speed, he plays solid defense at 2B and can log time in the OF without looking silly. As for Garcia he is a better defender AND manages to have a really good K%. No, he is not an all-star. He isn't going to "block" anyone better from coming in and playing 2B. To me he is a better defense version of TLS.

    No one is listing his attributes as being a good power hitter. As for the take out his first x at bats Mike pointed out the "arbitrary end points game." He acknowledged what he was doing. But there is still insight there. Interestingly you do the same thing yourself pointing out that "Descalso and Garcia started out hot..." you are playing the same game in reverse but without acknowledging that you are also doing an arbitrary end points game. Why is it that when a player starts out hot but then cools off ("regression to the mean") it is "after enough at bats his talent will tell the tale" but when a player starts out ice cold but his numbers over a decent sample size are more encouraging it is somehow suspect?

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    Castellanos swing looks ALOT like Kris Bryants except he does this funny, twitchy thing with his left elbow when he really thumps one. Highlights tend to make one look better than reality though. If you took JUST the highlights from MY life you might think " hey, not too shabby."
    but the reality?? YIKES!, different story :)

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    Similar to J.D. Martinez?

  • Kemp has the potential to be a steal. Let him run with it. Castellanos will frighten with his D but the young man can hit.

    Let's hope for the best. As Gene Hackman said in Hoosiers. "This is your team".

    Now back to the dirty birds.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Kemp slash line 240 / 322 / 697

    A player recently DFA is nor a steal

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Take a look at his AAA & '18 numbers. Let's give him a chance.

    I was for a big bold deal. Didn't happen.

    This is your team.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    You say Castellanos D in the outfield is really bad. How is his D at 3B? Is it any better?

  • In reply to John57:

    I see Castellanos at 3rd against lefties with Bryant Almora and Hayward in OF.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    He’s worse at third than LaStella was.

  • In reply to John57:

    He's better in the OF. Hence the move But I'm going to correct myself. Just looked it up and he's actually improved the last couple seasons. Clearly put some work in.

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