The Los Angeles Dodgers trade of All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp to the San Diego is in limbo as the Padres feverishly review more medical information before officially signing off on the deal.
The deadline for the deal to be finalized is late Thursday and ESPN reports the Padres are concerned that a physical shows Kemp suffers from arthritis in both hips.
The two teams reached agreement on a deal a week ago that sent Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz and $32 million to the Padres for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitching prospects Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.
The Dodgers then planned to trade Eflin and fellow pitching prospect Tom Windle to the Phillies for veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins. If the deal for the All-Star Kemp falls through as the Padres review more medical information that shows he suffers from hip arthritis which has put it in limbo, the team might also have to rework a three-team trade they recently completed involving the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays.
Kemp is owed upwards of $100 million on his remaining contract and the Dodgers are rumored to be livid that his medical condition has been publicly leaked. The 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act protects the privacy of patients’ medical information.
The 30-year-old Kemp was runner-up for the National League MVP in 2011. Since then, however, he has battled a string of injuries that has greatly reduced his playing time and effectiveness. In recent times, he has undergone two shoulder surgeries and a major operation on his right ankle. In addition, he has also battled back from at least three different hamstring strains.
Kemp hit .287 for the Dodgers last season with 25 homers, 17 of them coming in the second half of the season. During his MVP runner-up 2011 campaign, he smashed 39 homers and added 126 RBIs. But apparently all that was before he suffered the hip arthritis that has now put his trade to the Padres in limbo.
With an outfield logjam that once included Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford, the Dodgers had been desperate to deal an outfielder.[Photo Credit: Keith Allison]