After a wobbly 48 hours for a trade agreed upon in principle a week ago, Matt Kemp has been dealt to the San Diego Padres, sources said Thursday night, ending speculation the transaction could be scuttled over concerns for Kemp’s health.
The terms of the trade did not change: Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz to the Padres, catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zack Eflin to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers will send $32 million to partially offset Kemp’s contract, which has $107 million remaining over five seasons.
While it ends as it began, the trade did appear in some jeopardy Thursday morning. The smaller-market Padres, who would be into Kemp for $15 million a year, reportedly learned during a Tuesday exam that Kemp suffered from arthritis in both hips. Because of the perceived long-term risk, they returned to the Dodgers seeking greater compensation.
Instead, the trade went off as agreed upon, and both the Dodgers and Padres continued on their offseason makeovers.
Within hours, the Padres added Kemp from the Dodgers and; in a three-team, 11-player deal, outfielder Wil Myers (and catcher Ryan Hanigan) from the Tampa Bay Rays; and then catcher Derek Norris from the Oakland A’s.
The Dodgers, so far, have a new shortstop (Rollins), second baseman (Howie Kendrick), catcher (Grandal), two starting pitchers (Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson) and three relief pitchers (Joel Peralta, Chris Hatcher and Juan Nicasio).
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