The San Diego Padres have acquired veteran outfielder Matt Kemp from the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to ESPN, the Dodgers will send the 30-year-old Kemp to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. As part of the deal, the Padres will also receive catcher Tim Federowicz.
Reportedly, L.A. will also send $31 million to San Diego to help pay off a portion of the $107 million Kemp is still owed on his contract. The deal also affords the Dodgers the chance to address their logjam of outfielders.
With Kemp now headed out, the Dodgers still have Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson and Scott Van Slyke on the roster.
A league MVP runner-up in 2011, Kemp hit .287 with 25 homers and 89 RBIs last season. But between 2012 and 2013, he missed 145 games with injuries. During the 2011 season, Kemp smashed 39 homers, drove in 126 runs and stole 40 bases.
The Kemp deal was just one of three completed by the Dodgers on Wednesday and just one of ten president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has engineered since taking over in mid-October. On Wednesday, the Dodgers also acquired veteran infielders Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendricks and Enrique Hernandez.
Later, the team also announced it had signed veteran free-agent hurler Brandon McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million deal. The 36-year-old Rollins led the Phillies to back-back World Series appearances beginning in 2007, the same season during which he was named league MVP and the team was crowned champions. He has played all 15 of his big-league seasons with the Phillies and is the franchise’s all-time leader in hits with 2,306.
Earlier this offseason Ethier informed the Dodgers he no longer wanted to play in a platoon situation and wanted to return to be an everyday player. The Dodgers finished last season 94-68, but were bounced in their opening playoff series by St. Louis 3-1.[Photo Credit: Keith Allison]