Dec 11, 2014 10:56 AM
AP Source: Padres acquire Kemp in five-player deal
The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres, desperate for a power bat to punch up the worst offense in the majors, have a deal in place to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz from the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers for catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitchers, two people familiar with the trade said Thursday.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been announced by either team.
The deal is pending physical exams and the commissioner's office approving the Dodgers sending $32 million to the Padres to help offset the $107 million still remaining on Kemp's deal.
The Padres' obligation of $75 million to Kemp over five years becomes the biggest deal in club history.
The Dodgers had a surplus of outfielders and the Padres had catching to move.
The 30-year-old Kemp had a strong second half in 2014 for the NL West champion Dodgers. He finished the season with a .287 average, 25 home runs and 89 RBIs.
His best season was 2011, when he hit .324 with 39 homers and 126 RBIs. He finished second in MVP voting and made the first of two straight All-Star teams.
Grandal, 26, led the Padres with 15 homers last year while hitting .225.
Grandal was suspended for the first 50 games of 2013 after testing positive for testosterone and then tore up his right knee in a collision at the plate that July. He's also played first base.
The Padres had a historically awful offense in the first half of 2014 before pulling out of it to finish third in the NL West. Still, they were at the bottom of the majors with a .226 average, .292 on-base percentage and 535 runs. Their 109 homers were the second-fewest in the bigs.
San Diego failed to land free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who signed with Boston, and Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, who signed with NL West rival Arizona.
The Dodgers also get right-hander Joe Wieland and minor league pitcher Zach Eflin.