What’s the delay in Kemp trade to Padres?
It’s been one week since the Padres and Dodgers agreed to a blockbuster trade that would send Matt Kemp to San Diego. The deal has yet to become official, though, which has led to speculation this week regarding the holdup.
The Dodgers are reportedly sending a good chunk of money to the Padres to cover part of the $107 million remaining on Kemp’s contract. Because of the money involved, the trade needs the approval of the Commissioner’s Office. Players involved also took physical exams earlier this week.
Kemp’s physical exam reportedly revealed arthritis in both hips, tweets USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
Kemp has been limited by a number of injuries over the last three seasons, and ESPN’s Buster Olney speculated Thursday that the Padres might be using Kemp’s injury history – and potentially ugly physical – to get more money from the Dodgers, who have shown a willingness to eat contract money in a number of deals this offseason.
Kemp’s agent, Junior Spivey, told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that the trade should still go through and “we’re just waiting on the final details.” Kemp took his physical on Tuesday, according to Rosenthal, but has not heard from the Padres since then.