The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres reportedly reached an agreement to trade two-time All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp. Kemp and cacther Tim Federowicz would go to the Padres in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and a pair of pitching prospects.
Matt Kemp is on his way to the San Diego Padres.
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Accordint to Kirk Kenney and Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union Tribune, the Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a deal for Kemp. The two-time All-Star outfielder and catcher Tim Federowicz would go to the Padres for catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitching prospects, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. In addition, San Diego also gets $32 million "to help offset the cost of the remaining five years and $107 million on Kemp's eight-year, $160 million contract."
Kenney and Lin say the deal could be approved before the Winter Meetings end on Dec. 11. Two things have to be ironed out before the trade falls through: the pending physicals of the players involved and the approval of the commissioner's office because of the money involved.
The Padres had been eyeing former San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval and Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas in order to shore up their hitting, per The San Diego Union Tribune. Sandoval signed a five-year, $95 million deal with the Boston Red Sox on Nov. 26 while Tomas inked a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Dec. 8.
After those two pursuits failed to materialize, San Diego zeroed in on Kemp, notes Kenney and Lin.
A Dec. 11 ESPN update confirms the Padres and Dodgers both agreed to the Kemp deal with Eflin being one of the prospects the former is giving up in exchange.
With Kemp on his way to San Diego, the Dodgers get to fix a logjam in the outfield. Yasiel Puig gets the nod at right field while Carl Crawford mans left field. Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke and prospect Joe Pederson will compete for playing time, per ESPN.
The same update also says Los Angeles management was intent on rectifying the atmosphere in the reportedly "dysfunctional" Dodgers clubhouse. That was how several team sources described it during the 2014 MLB season. One of the issues was managing playing time among the outfielders.
Aside from trading away Kemp, the Dodgers also acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick, shortstop Jimmy Rollins, infielder Enrique Hernandez, pitcher Chris Hatcher, pitcher Brandon McCarthy and minor league prospect Austin Barnes.
Dodgers senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes weighed in on the Kemp deal, per ESPN:
"It's been very exciting and sleep-deprived.
"I can't talk about much of the details, but the objectives were to preserve the top three prospects, win now, get a little more prospect depth, change some components of the roster, but maintain a lot of the strengths of the roster. So, it's been a balancing act. We've still got work to do, but it's been fun."
Kemp has amassed 1,188 hits, 182 home runs and 648 RBIs on a .292 batting average in 1,116 career regular-season games, per ESPN stats.
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