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GOODYEAR Catfish Hunter Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — A week after outfielder Matt Kemp was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds, he got a sideline pass for Oklahoma basketball game and had a chance meeting with another Oklahoma native: Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench.“It was pretty cool,” Kemp said. “It just so happened that I just got traded to Cincinnati. It was only right to sit there and chat with him for a while.”Kemp learned firsthand about some of the Reds’ history after he was included in their biggest offseason trade. Cincinnati acquired Kemp, left-hander Alex Wood, Yasiel Puig and Kyle Farmer for Homer Bailey and minor leaguers Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray on Dec. 21. It was the fourth time the 34-year old outfielder was traded, but this one was unique given that he wasn’t alone going to a new team.“Transitioning every time is different,” he said, as the Reds opened camp with their first workout by catchers and pitchers. “I think this time it is easier. I’ve got a couple guys here who I played with last year. So far so good.”Kemp joins a Reds team with a changed outfield after center fielder Billy Hamilton was allowed to go free and signed with Kansas City. Left fielder Adam Duvall was traded to Atlanta last year.Kemp won Gold Gloves in 2009 and 2011. Last season in 149 games Rollie Fingers Jersey , Kemp played the corner outfield positions. He and Puig join incumbent Jesse Winker, who had shoulder surgery midway through 2018, and Scott Schebler and Philip Ervin in competing for playing time.Kemp batted .290 with 21 home runs and 85 RBIs last season. He was one of seven Dodgers with 20 or more home runs as LA won the National League title but lost to the Boston Red Sox in five games.He is seven seasons removed from 2011, when he led the NL with 39 home runs and 126 RBIs for the Dodgers. Kemp signed a $160 million, eight-year contract and since has been dealt to San Diego, Atlanta, back to the Dodgers and then to the Reds. He and Puig can become free agents after the season, so their time in Cincinnati could be limited.Kemp has a .289 average with 10 homers in 36 games at Great American Ball Park. After four straight 90-loss seasons http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-khris-davis-jersey , the Reds are looking to be more competitive in the NL Central with their overhauled roster.“I think we’re going to be pretty good,” Kemp said. As Bryce Harper remains unsigned with spring training camps starting to heat up, it appears as though a reunion with the Washington Nationals is unlikely.Nationals owner Mark Lerner revealed to NBC Sports Washington's Lisa Redmond on Friday that the team has "moved on" and it has not heard from the prized free agent or his representative Scott Boras in "months":"Nothing's certainly changed on our end. We've moved on. As I said back then and we had to. There was no way we could wait around. Bryce, I'm sure will make his decision hopefully in the next few days, but we've filled out our roster and like I said, we wish him nothing but the best."But there's always that, the door's cracked a little bit. I have no clue at this point what they're up to. We really haven't heard from them in a couple months."Back in November,Chelsea Janesof theWashington Postreported the Nationals had offered the 2015 National League MVP a 10-year Dave Henderson Jersey , $300 million contract, a deal that did not include any opt-outs.The Athletic'sJim Bowdenlater noted in January that the team's most recent offer was "much more than the $300 million being reported by the media."That increased offer apparently wasn't enough to get a deal done, though. At least not yet.Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs, 34 doubles and 100 RBI in 2018, using a strong second half (.300 average post-All-Star break) to finish his walk year on a high note.And with Washington playing host to the 2018 MLB All-Star festivities, Harper put on a show for the hometown crowd on his way to the Home Run Derby title:That was just the latest feat achieved by the Nationals star. Along with an MVP award and a Derby title, Harper already has accumulatedsix All-Star selections, the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year award and a 2015 NL Silver Slugger.That's quite the resume Dennis Eckersley Jersey , especially for someone who is only 26 years old.The Harper sweepstakes are expected to heat up now that Manny Machado is off the market. Machado'srecord-breaking contractwith the San Diego Padres became official on Thursday. The 10-year, $300 million pact is the largest free-agent deal in North American sports history.In other words, Harper and Boras now know the number to beat.The Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox are all among the teams to show interest in Harper this offseason.Jon Heymanof Fancred reported on Thursday that San Diego remains in the mix even after signing Machado, whileUSA Today'sBob Nightengaletweeted that the White Sox have dropped out.According toHeyman, Harper is believed to have turned down "multiple offers over $300 million" in recent weeks.



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