Matt Kemp to Padres: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2014

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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is bound for San Diego, in return for a package of players headlined by catcher Yasmani Grandal. 

Continue for updates. 

Amount Dodgers Will Pay Kemp Revealed 

Sunday, Dec. 22

The final numbers on how much the LA Dodgers will send to the San Diego Padres for Matt Kemp has been confirmed by Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego:

Padres Plan to Play Kemp in RF

Friday, Dec. 19

Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego and the Padres have the latest on Kemp:

Kemp Deal Officially Completed

Thursday, Dec. 18

Finally, the Dodgers have announced the trade sending Matt Kemp to the Padres:

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports on why the deal took so long to go through:

San Diego reportedly asked for more money due to a report stating that Kemp has arthritis in both of his hips.

CBS Sports' Joe Heyman added more on what took so long:

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Kemp Reportedly Will Be Traded to Padres

Thursday, Dec. 11

Matt Kemp nearly won a Most Valuable Player award with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011, but with a crowded outfield and the Dodgers needing help in other areas on the diamond, the team has decided to move on, trading him to the San Diego Padres for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and a prospect.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today first reported the news:

The official spoke only on the condition of anonymity since the trade has yet to be announced. The official announcement has been delayed because the Commissioner's office must approve the trade, and the players must pass their physicals.

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.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports noted that there was a significant amount of cash heading to San Diego in the deal:

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports notes who the final player heading to Los Angeles will be:

Kemp missed 145 games because of injury in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, including playing just 73 games in 2013 and sitting out the team's trip to the postseason. Even when he was able to play, he struggled, hitting .270 with six home runs, 33 RBI and nine stolen bases in 263 at-bats.

Kemp reversed course in 2014, hitting .287 with 25 home runs and 89 RBI in 150 games and really heating up after the All-Star Game.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers swings and watches the flight of his ball as he hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on September 24, 2013 in San Francisco,
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That resurgence probably resurrected his career after it was looking as though he had become a surplus hitter in Los Angeles in July with Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier also on the roster.

The fear for Kemp will always be that injury concerns resurface, or that he'll never quite live up to his MVP-deserving season in 2011, a major issue considering his huge contract. Kemp undoubtedly heads to San Diego with some questions surrounding his future.

But he's also a player who, at his best, can make a major impact for a team. Though he's been streaky recently, he's a very tough out when he's on his game at the plate. He's the type of piece that a contender looking to add a bit more pop to the outfield loves to have. 

It remains to be seen if Kemp will be that difference-maker for the Padres. But his addition will surely have the team excited about its prospects of reaching the postseason. 

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