Athletics designated RHP Fernando Rodriguez for assignment.
Oakland signed Rodriguez to a one-year deal on December 2, avoiding arbitration, but it was only worth around $100,000 more than the major league minimum. He got bumped from the A's 40-man roster Thursday to clear a spot for new left-hander Eury de la Rosa.
Athletics acquired LHP Eury de la Rosa from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations.
The 24-year-old left-hander was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week to clear a spot for one of the players Arizona brought back in the Wade Miley trade. He owns a 4.21 ERA in 51 1/3 major league innings but had promising numbers in 2014.
According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the holdup with the Matt Kemp trade is due to the physical revealing arthritis in both of Kemp's hips.
Kemp's agent, Junior Spivey, told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Thursday morning that "everything is OK" and he is "just waiting on the final details" of the deal to be sorted out, but maybe this thing really will fall apart. Kemp is signed through 2019, and hip arthritis sounds like the type of ailment that is only going to get worse as he moves later into his 30s. Kemp was supposed to be headed to the Padres along with catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin. Nightengale says the Friars are consulting medical experts.
Matt Kemp's agent Junior Spivey said Thursday that he's "just waiting on the final details" for the trade that will send his client to the Padres.
There have been murmurings that something troublesome was found during Kemp's physical exam, but Spivey told Rosenthal that "everything is OK" and the five-player deal sending Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin to Los Angeles "should be good to go." The Padres may be trying to get the Dodgers to take on a bit more of the $107 million that Kemp is owed. Right now, L.A. is set to cover $31 million. Tim Federowicz is also headed to San Diego in the trade.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this week that Matt Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for Opening Day.
Wieters underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in mid-June and that procedure usually requires 8-10 months of recovery time for position players. "I think Manny [Machado] makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter," Showalter said. "But we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind."