Kemp on the move as Dodgers, Padres pull off blockbuster
The Padres and Dodgers pulled off a blockbuster trade on the final day of the Winter Meetings.
Matt Kemp is going to San Diego along with catcher Tim Federowicz and the Dodgers are getting catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and a Minor League pitcher, believed to be Zach Eflin, a source told MLB.com’s Corey Brock.
Neither club has commented on the proposed trade.
The deal was first reported by USA Today, which added the Dodgers would send the Padres roughly $31 million of the remaining $107 million on Kemp’s contract. The deal needs the approval of the Commissioner’s Office because money is being exchanged. The players also need to take physical exams.
It’s not certain if this is part of a three-way deal. Still, it’s clear the Padres have made a major upgrade to their offense. Kemp, 30, is a two-time All-Star coming off a bounceback season. He hit .287 with 25 home runs and 38 doubles over 150 games in 2014, after missing 89 games in ’13 due to a number of injuries.
The Dodgers had been looking for a catcher to pair with incumbent A.J. Ellis, and it appears Grandal is their man. This season, Grandal hit .225 with 15 homers and 19 doubles over 128 games (76 as a catcher). He can also play first base.
Weiland, 24, returned from Tommy John elbow surgery this season and appeared in four games. Eflin, 20, was the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Federowicz figures to backup Rene Rivera.