The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres made headlines on the final day of Winter Meetings as it was reported a trade was agreed upon to send Matt Kemp down Interstate 5. The proposed trade would satisfy needs for both teams, but the week that followed include several twists and turns.
The trade was contingent on physicals being passed and as is customary with any trade involving the exchange of cash — the Dodgers were sending $32 million to offset Kemp’s remaining salary — it needed approval from the Commissioner’s office.
Kemp took his physical Tuesday, which led to the expectation of a formal announcement to follow shortly after. However, it never came. A soft Dec. 18 deadline was reported as being in play and on Thursday morning, information leaked that Kemp’s physical physical revealed arthritis in his hips.
While Kemp’s history of injuries was no secret, the arthritis wasn’t something that had been previously reported. According to ESPN, the sensitive information being made public is something that angered the Dodgers and resulted in the Padres asking for more financial compensation to be included in the trade:
There could be some lingering ill will between the Dodgers’ front office and first-year Padres general manager A.J. Preller because of the belief that Kemp’s physical results were leaked to help San Diego pry further concessions out of its NL West foes, sources said. The Padres did ask for additional compensation from the Dodgers after Kemp’s physical, but Los Angeles refused.
By Thursday night, the trade was finalized under the initial terms with the Padres receiving Kemp, $32 million, and Tim Federowicz. In exchange, the Dodgers acquired Yasmani Grandal, Zach Eflin and Joe Wieland.
Though Grandal figures to play a key role for the Dodgers next season, it may include him platooning with A.J. Ellis. As for Eflin, it’s expected that he’ll be included in the trade for Jimmy Rollins.
Although the Dodgers and Padres managed to overcome the hurdle, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the Padres are investigated and reprimanded for being the source that leaked the results from Kemp’s physical.
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