Dodgers Rumors: Kemp Scheduled For Physical; Deadline Approaching

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UPDATE (Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m PT): According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the deal could be completed and announced Thursday:

UPDATE (Dec. 17, 2:40 p.m. PT): According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, a source close to the San Diego Padres believes the Matt Kemp trade will be completed:

UPDATE (Dec. 17, 11:00 a.m. PT): While there has yet to be official confirmation, the San Diego Padres are waiting on final details from Matt Kemp’s physical, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports:

Meanwhile, Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reports the Dodgers don’t have reason to believe the trade may come undone:

UPDATE (Dec. 16, 8:05 p.m. PT): According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Matt Kemp underwent his physical on Tuesday and the San Diego Padres will meet on Wednesday to discuss the results:

The Dodgers and Padres have until Thursday to complete the proposed trade.

Amid growing speculation that Matt Kemp would be dealt the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly agreed last week to send him down Interstate 5 in exchange for Yasmani Grandal and two pitching prospects.

Along with trading Kemp, the Dodgers are also expected to send $32 million to help offset his remaining salary and Tim Federowicz. The trade has yet to be finalized, but it may move closer to becoming official next week as according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Kemp’s physical has been scheduled:

Once an MVP candidate, Kemp’s career was thrown off course by shoulder and ankle injuries, with the latter being his most recent ailment. He wasn’t with the Dodgers when they began the season in Australia, but was activated off the disabled list in time for their home opener against the San Francisco Giants.

Kemp showed expected rust upon returning and also lacked the speed the once possessed, which played a role in him being taken out of center field. After a failed experiment in left manager Don Mattingly inserted Kemp in right field, where he was more comfortable and began to show flashes of the the player he was pre-injuries.

Kemp swung the bat particularly well in the second half of the season and emerged as one of the driving forces in the Dodgers’ lineup. As it turns out, his improved play likely influenced his pending trade as he drew more interest than Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier.

That production is something the Padres were in search of at the Winter Meetings after failed pursuits to land other power, right-handed bats. Kemp, 30, has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract, though the Padres will only be responsible for $75 million.

Once the trade with the Padres is made official, the Dodgers acquiring Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies should be formalized soon after.


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