A week will have passed since the alleged trade between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers involving Matt Kemp was agreed to.
Since then, there were a few days of quiet, a scheduled physical and now leaked information on Kemp’s physical. It was reported that the Padres found arthritis in both of Kemp’s hips and are waiting for doctors to give the approval for a deal. While Kemp looked healthier in the second half of last season than he has since April of 2012, it’s a cause for concern for any team when dealing with the future.
In an interview with Fred Roggin for The Beast 980, former Dodgers general manager Kevin Malone gave his take on the hoopla:
I don’t believe that this is a series health issue for Matt Kemp. I believe that it’s something that, when you’re going through the process you’re looking at “Are there any immediate concerns or longterm concerns?” It sounds to me, with me not being a doctor, that this is more something that could develop and more of a concern in the future at some point. Basically, the Padres are calling the Dodgers to sweeten the pot.
Malone was the GM from 1998-2001 and was responsible for the Kevin Brown, Shawn Green and Gary Sheffield deals. His words have some truth at least to the extent that this will hurt Kemp more in the future. It’s unclear whether that means a year from now, five years from now or after his playing days are over, but it has made the Padres contemplate what to do.
Although it’s not out of the question for a team to privately leak information like this in order to get a better deal. The Dodgers are already planning to send at least $30 million to the Padres to offset Kemp’s salary and for a lower budget team like San Diego, more money is always better.
Regardless of the situation, it shall be resolved soon and more details should emerge.