Matt Kemp has been traded to the San Diego Padres, according to reports. The slugging outfielder was sent to San Diego for a package including catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitcher Joe Weiland. Although as of Thursday, the deal had not been officially completed.
Continue for updates.
Thursday, Dec. 18
Kemp's Agent Comments on Trade
Kemp's agent provided an update on the status of his trade to San Diego, via Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal:
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Kemp Deal Still Not Official
Matt Kemp is still not officially a San Diego Padre according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
Sunday, Dec. 14
Kemp to Take Physical on Tuesday
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the trade sending Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres has one last hurdle to clear:
Thursday, Dec. 11
Kemp Traded to Padres for Grandal, Weiland
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Matt Kemp has been traded to the Padres:
The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their makeover Thursday morning by agreeing on a deal that will send outfielder Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres, a high-ranking official with direct knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports.
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.
Wednesday, Dec. 10
Padres Continue to Talk With Dodgers for Kemp
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports had an update on the Dodgers' talks with the Padres over Kemp:
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman noted more on a potential deal:
"It has legs," said someone familiar with the talks, which have been going on for weeks.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal would be the centerpiece of a trade if it is worked out. There are said to be some other scenarios, and nothing is official yet, but there is progress.
The Dodgers also asked for pitchers Joe Ross and Zach Eflin in the deal. But it isn't clear whether both those young pitchers would be included.
Tuesday, Dec. 9
Padres Reportedly Getting Closer to Kemp Deal, Dodgers GM Comments on Potential Trade
According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, a deal sending Matt Kemp to San Diego is getting closer:
This is news to Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi, who tells Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register that a deal is not close:
Monday, Dec. 8
Padres Emerging as Favorites for Kemp
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports also reported on the state of talks between the two teams, calling them "hot and cold."
Sunday, Dec. 7
Kemp's Contract An Issue in Trade Negotiations
Friday, Dec. 5
Team Exec Not Convinced Dodgers Deal Kemp
ESPN's Jayson Stark has the latest on Kemp:
Rangers Join Race for Kemp
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that a new team has entered the fray for Matt Kemp:
Orioles, Mariners Continue Kemp Pursuit
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal has an update on Baltimore's pursuit of Kemp:
But, Rosenthal was quick to note that Seattle was still very much in the hunt as well:
Thursday, Dec. 4
Dodgers and Padres Discussing Kemp
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has the latest on talks between the Dodgers and Padres surrounding Kemp:
Wednesday, Dec. 3
Multiple Teams Continue Kemp Talks
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provided an update on several teams' talks regarding Kemp, beginning with the Baltimore Orioles:
The Orioles are one of at least three teams showing interest in Dodgers star outfielder Matt Kemp, and the Dodgers are still engaging at least three teams. Although, at least Baltimore is said by one person familiar with the situation to be “nowhere” in the talks and other rivals are still suggesting Los Angeles appears to be reluctant to pull the trigger, so it remains to be seen if Kemp goes anywhere.
But Baltimore aren't the only team involved in talks, as the Padres also remain interested, according to Heyman:
The Padres are an interesting potential landing spot, with an aggressive new GM in A.J. Preller and an obvious need to upgrade the lineup. They've talked, and there would seem to be potential position matches, at the very least.
Interestingly, the Dodgers have interest in upgrading the rotation and catching situation, the very two areas where San Diego has been gauging interest on available players. The Dodgers may be interested in top catching prospect Austin Hedges, though it seems the Padres are more willing to deal one of their two major-league catchers, either Yasmani Grandal or Rene Rivera. Padres starters drawing interest include Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy, and any of them could potentially work for LA.
On November 26, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the Padres' interest.
Finally, Heyman notes that Seattle keep talking to Los Angeles, although their interest may be waning:
The Mariners remain in the market for an outfielder even after signing Cruz to DH, though it isn't known whether they'd have the money in their budget to add Kemp without a severe discount. Kemp's iffy clubhouse rep could add to the equation, making things even tougher for LA.
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports first reported the Mariners interest on November 25.
Tuesday, Dec. 2
Orioles Balk at Dodgers' Interest in Gausman, Bundy
Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun has the latest on the Dodgers and Orioles' talks regarding Kemp:
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Some Interest in Kemp
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provides the latest on Matt Kemp trade rumors:
The Dodgers are looking to deal an outfielder, or possibly two, and the assumption had been that Carl Crawford and/or Andre Ethier were most likely to be dealt, but Matt Kemp's name is out on the trade market, too.
Word is, there is some interest in Kemp after his nice second half in LA last year, so he could be the right-handed middle-of-the-order bat several teams need. The Mariners are prominent among teams looking for a cleanup hitter to bat behind Robinson Cano, and they have their eye on switch hitter Victor Martinez and several others, including Hanley Ramirez and possibly Justin Upton, who recently removed Seattle from his four-team no-trade list.
Sunday, Nov. 9
Kemp Being Shopped By Dodgers
Teams not tantalized by what the free-agent market has to offer in terms of outfielders may want to call up Farhan Zaidi and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to sources cited by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers' recently hired general manager is actively shopping several of the team's outfielders, including two-time All-Star Matt Kemp:
Although Kemp may no longer be the same player who finished second in MVP voting and led the National League in runs, home runs and RBI in 2011, the 30-year-old proved in 2014 he has plenty left in the tank.
Mostly healthy for the first time since that 2011 campaign, he hit .287/.346/.506 with 25 home runs and 89 RBI. He was especially locked in down the stretch, as he boasted a silly 1.047 OPS with nine home runs in 24 games between September and October.
When he's able to stay on the field, he is one of the better right-handed hitters in the league.
Of course, how teams view that kind of production will depend on how much they have to pay the man. Kemp is due a whopping $107 million through the 2019 season, an average of over $21 million per year.
As Rosenthal noted, though, LA is willing to help out in that aspect if the deal is right:
The Dodgers would likely have to eat a significant portion of the contract in order to get a nice haul in return, but with a stacked outfield and Joc Pederson waiting in the wings, it may be worth it.
Rumors tend to start flying a lot more around this time of the year, but this is one that seems like it may have some legs.