Dodgers Rumors: Matt Kemp Trade For Archie Bradley Rejected

The Los Angeles Dodgers were quiet through the first two days of the Winter Meetings that recently concluded in San Diego before the dominos began to fall and the roster shakeup was in motion.

Although the trade hadn’t officially been completed as of Friday morning, Matt Kemp and Tim Federowicz are expected to join the San Diego Padres in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Zach Eflin and Joe Wieland. While Kemp is being dealt to the Padres, the Dodgers explored sending him to another NL West team, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports:

It’s unclear when the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks held their trade talks, but it would mark the second time the two teams attempted to come to terms with an outfielder involved. It was previously reported Andre Ethier nearly returned to his home state before Diamondbacks management refused to sign off on the trade; they later refuted the report.

ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon reported Wednesday the trade never materialized due to the sides being at odds over how much of Ethier’s remaining salary the Dodgers would pay:

The idea of Kemp potentially getting traded to the Diamondbacks for A.J. Pollock undermines the notion he needed to be traded so that Yasiel Puig could be moved to right field and Joc Pederson inserted in center, which many are expecting.

Although Pollock has played the corner outfield positions, he’s spent the majority of his time in center field. As for Archie Bradley, if the Dodgers indeed rejected the Diamondbacks’ offer then they passed on acquiring a starting pitcher that entered the 2014 season ranked as a top-10 prospect by multiple publications.

The seventh overall pick in 2011, Bradley is a career 29-18 with a 3.14 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in four Minor League seasons.

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