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Matt Kemp | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Padres acquired OF Matt Kemp, C Tim Federowicz and cash considerations from the Dodgers in exchange for C Yasmani Grandal and RHPs Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.
The trade took longer than expected to be officially completed, reportedly due to the discovery of Kemp dealing with arthritis in both hips, but it's now in the books. San Diego will receive $32 million to cover a big portion of the $107 million Kemp is still owed. Kemp had a nice bounce-back season in 2014, batting .287/.346/.506 with 25 homers and 89 RBI. He'll be surrounded by less talent than he was last season, though the Padres have done their best to rebuild their offense. Dec 18 - 11:28 PM

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Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers and Padres "have worked through lingering issues" and the Matt Kemp trade is "all but done."

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier Thursday that the holdup with the Kemp trade was due to the physical revealing arthritis in both of Kemp's hips. Despite the revelation, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne says the Dodgers will not have to give up any more than the $32 million they originally agreed to. The Padres will also receive Tim Federowicz from the Dodgers, with the Dodgers receiving Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin. Eflin will then be flipped to the Phillies for Jimmy Rollins.
Dec 18 - 8:33 PM

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.
Dec 18 - 12:07 PM

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.
Dec 18 - 11:34 AM

A Padres official told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the team is "still inconclusive" in its evaluation of Matt Kemp's physical.

The official also said the trade is "not yet" in jeopardy, and Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers have been told nothing in regards to concerns about the physical. The Padres were supposed to meet Wednesday to discuss the physical in advance of Thursday's deadline to complete the deal. There's certainly cause for concern that the trade won't be completed as-is, but we'll just have to wait and see how everything shakes out.
Dec 17 - 7:54 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that the Padres are meeting to discuss the results of Matt Kemp's physical.

This confirms a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. According to Nightengale, the Padres "believe that [Kemp's] physical is fine," but are "still waiting for final details." Should the trade go through, the pieces expected to head to the Dodgers are Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. Eflin is then expected to be flipped to the Phillies in the Jimmy Rollins deal. In addition to the Kemp situation, the team is also in the midst of discussing a trade with the Rays for Wil Myers.
Dec 17 - 1:29 PM

Bleacher Report's Will Carroll hears that "rumors....are starting to get louder" about a possible failed physical by OF Matt Kemp.

Kemp was all set to be traded to the Padres for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin pending a physical. It's important to note that nothing is official, but the silence on the situation is curious. Kemp has suffered numerous injuries over the course of his career. When he's healthy, he's been an elite bat.
Dec 17 - 12:05 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Matt Kemp will take his physical with the Padres on Tuesday.

That means that the two sides have until then to iron out the specifics of the trade. It is believed to be Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz heading to the Dodgers in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. What's not clear is the exact amount of money that the Dodgers will be sending to make the deal work, believed to be around $31 million. As long as Kemp passes his physical, the deal should become official on Tuesday.
Dec 14 - 10:27 PM

According to Dennis Lin and Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has officially been traded to the Padres.

Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz are headed to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. The Dodgers are also sending around $31 million to the Padres to cover part of Kemp's remaining $107 million in guaranteed salaries. It's been an incredibly active 24 hours for the new-look Los Angeles front office, and there should be more activity to come.
Source: USA Today
Dec 11 - 8:34 AM

Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday that reports of a Matt Kemp trade to the Padres being close are "wishful thinking."

"I would not characterize it that way," Zaidi said. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Tuesday that a deal sending Kemp to the Padres for Yasmani Grandal and others was "getting closer," but Zaidi obviously doesn't see it that way. Rosenthal is the best in the business, so this could just be some posturing by the Dodgers GM.
Dec 9 - 8:43 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles, Rangers, and Mariners are all out as a possibility for a trade for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

Heyman surmises that, at this point, it's likely "Padres or bust" for Kemp. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Tuesday afternoon that the two sides are "working hard" on a deal and are "getting closer." Yasmani Grandal has been floated as part of the potential return package for the Dodgers, but top pitching prospect Matt Wisler is not expected to be included.
Dec 9 - 4:27 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres' trade package for outfielder Matt Kemp would not include top pitching prospect Matt Wisler.

Wisler had been suggested as a possible accompaniment to catcher Yasmani Grandal, whom the Dodgers are known to covet. But the San Diego front office is not willing to meet that demand. Rosenthal hears that Padres right-hander Joe Ross could be involved, and CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has floated the name Zach Eflin. The two teams are said to be working hard on a swap.
Dec 9 - 2:29 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres and Dodgers are "working hard" on a Matt Kemp trade.

Rosenthal says the two sides are "getting closer" to finding a match. The Dodgers are known to be eyeing Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, but they also want another big piece and Rosenthal suggests that it could be pitching prospect Matt Wisler. Kemp has also been linked to the Mariners, Rangers, and Orioles, but no team is more desperate for offense than San Diego.
Dec 9 - 1:10 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes that the Padres loom as the "most likely destination" for Dodgers' outfielder Matt Kemp.

The Padres are said to be offering catcher Yasmani Grandal and another player. It's unclear how much cash the Dodgers would be willing to cover in a potential deal. Kemp is owed $107 million over the next five seasons. He has also been linked to the Mariners, Rangers, and Orioles this offseason.
Dec 8 - 11:01 AM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mariners are still looking at free agent outfielder Matt Kemp.

The M's are believed to be the front runners to sign Melky Cabrera, but the Mariners are continuing to keep their options open. They have also expressed interest in acquiring Justin Upton from the Braves, though they would assuredly need to part with one of their prized young arms to make that deal work.
Dec 7 - 6:34 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Tommy Medica
2B1Jedd Gyorko
2Taylor Lindsey
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Yangervis Solarte
3Cory Spangenberg
LF1Justin Upton
2Carlos Quentin
3Rymer Liriano
CF1Wil Myers
2Will Venable
3Cameron Maybin
4Abraham Almonte
5Trayvon Robinson
RF1Matt Kemp
2Seth Smith
3Jake Goebbert
4Alex Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Andrew Cashner
2Ian Kennedy
3Tyson Ross
4Brandon Morrow
5Odrisamer Despaigne
6Robbie Erlin
7Cory Luebke
8Aaron Northcraft
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Dale Thayer
4Nick Vincent
5Alex Torres
6Tayron Guerrero
7Leonel Campos
8Frank Garces