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Dodgers Rumors: Kemp Traded To Padres For Grandal, Eflan, Wieland



UPDATE (Dec. 18, 5:40 p.m. PST): After speculation and plenty of waiting, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com is reporting that the deal is done:

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The Los Angeles Dodgers’ makeover began Wednesday with reports they traded for Jimmy Rollins, though the deal has yet to be finalized as of Thursday morning. What did become official Wednesday night was the Dodgers sending Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas, and a player to be named later or cash considerations to the Miami Marlins for a quartet of prospects.

One of which, Andrew Heaney, a highly-touted southpaw, was then flipped to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Howie Kendrick, giving the Dodgers a new middle infield combination. The trade activity sent shock waves throughout baseball and many believe the Dodgers weren’t finished.

Early Thursday morning, the next shoe fell into place as the Dodgers agreed to send Matt Kemp and Tim Federowicz to the San Diego Padres for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and a pitching prospect, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports:

Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz will be sent to the Padres in a package deal for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and at least one prospect. The deal, which will also have the Dodgers sending about $31 million to cover part of the remaining $107 million in Kemp’s contract, is expected to be finalized today.

According to Kirk Kenney and Dennis Lin, the prospect the Dodgers will receive is Zach Eflin:

According to sources, the Padres are packaging Grandal with right-hander Joe Wieland and another arm, likely right-hander Zach Eflin.

A trade between the two division opponents seemed almost inevitable given the Padres’ desire to acquire a power bat and the Dodgers’ looking to upgrade at the catcher’s position. Kemp struggled through much of the first half last season and was consistently mentioned in trade rumors, though nothing materialized and he played well in the second half, which coincided with being moved into right field.

Kemp finished the season batting .287/.346/.506 with 25 home runs and 89 RBIs. With him and Hanley Ramirez no longer in the lineup, the Dodgers are currently thin on power right-handed bats. Wieland made his return from Tommy John surgery in 2012 and spent the year in the Minors until joining the Padres in September.

In time ranging from the Padres’ Rookie League to the Triple-A level, the right-hander finished a combined 2-3 with a 3.03 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Wieland then went 1-0 in four appearances (two starts) with the Padres but finished with a 7.15 ERA and 1.85 WHIP.

In trading Kemp it alleviates some of the outfield logjam, however the Dodgers would still benefit from moving either Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier. Given that the trade for Rollins hasn’t been announced, it’s possible the Dodgers will send one or more of the acquired players to the Phillies in a deal that some believe could expand to involving Cole Hamels.

Kemp won’t need to wait long to face his former team as the Dodgers host the Padres for a three-game series beginning April 6 to open the 2015 season.

Written by Staff Writer

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