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there was a game last year against the Mets and Jon Niese where Gattis swung at a fastball that was so high and outside that most Little Leaguers would have laid off
Everyone should be available, and there are a lot of good reasons to be wary of Gattis moving forward. He swings at pitches you just don't see Major League hitters swing at; there was a game last year against the Mets and Jon Niese where Gattis swung at a fastball that was so high and outside that most Little Leaguers would have laid off.
But aside from the appeal of his story, the fact is that it's just really hard to find a catcher who can contribute offensively in any real sense, and Gattis' power is a genuine weapon. Replacing Gattis with Christian Bethancourt is a staggering offensive downgrade.
But the Dodgers could not use a player like BJ Upton.
Kemp for Upton -- sounds perfect to me
Still don't know why most of the harder throwers in LL(65mph+) don't develop a nice change. They all throw curves and I saw a couple of Eephus pitches which was great. But a 50mph change has got to be effective if you're throwing 70+.
He's expensive, his current team hates him, he's a shell of his former self... Sounds like a future Dodger to me.
There are a lot of Major League pitchers whose changeups are mediocre at best.
Kemp look horrific the two games I saw him play the OF in Atlanta, so I'm guessing it's pretty close to as bad as the stats.
How about something like:
LAD gets BJ Upton, Evan Gattis
ATL gets Matt Kemp, Joc Pederson, 30mil
You move Gattis to improve the rest of the team.
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