San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The San Diego Padres have reportedly
agreed to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz
would head to the Padres in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and a pair of
minor league pitching prospects, likely to be Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.
In addition, the paper said the Padres would also receive about $30 million
toward the remaining five years of Kemp’s eight-year, $160 million contract.
Kemp spent his first nine seasons with the Dodgers and was the runner-up for
NL MVP in 2011 when he batted .324 with league-highs of 39 homers and 126 runs
The 30-year-old veteran, however, played just 183 games over the next two
seasons because of injuries. He bounced back last year and hit 25 homers with
89 RBI and a .287 average in 150 games.
In 1,116 games, Kemp has a career .292 average with 182 homers and 648 RBI.
Grandal was San Diego’s leader with 15 home runs last season, playing in a
career-high 128 games. He batted just .225 and drove in 49 runs.
The 26-year-old Cuban native is a career .245 hitter in 216 big league games.