Rosenthal: Latest on what's keeping Kemp trade to San Diego in limbo
The Dodgers supposedly traded Matt Kemp to San Diego nearly a week ago, but as of Wednesday night the outfielder is still not a Padre. And the clock is ticking to get the deal done.
FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday that Kemp's physical with the Padres would take place Tuesday, and the teams would then have two days to make the trade official.
Source: Kemp will take his physical with #Padres on Tuesday. The two teams have until Thursday to complete the deal.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 15, 2014
But early Tuesday evening, reports began to surface that there was some sort of issue with Kemp's physical, with some reports stating the 30-year-old failed it altogether.
To date, neither team is saying anything officially, but the trade has not yet been approved by the Padres, either.
As baseball waits on the Padres' next move, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan noted Wednesday that new Padres GM A.J. Preller comes from the Rangers organization, and that is significant "because Texas, where Preller grew his executive chops, has in the past used medical concerns as a way to rework deals at the last minute."
Here is Rosenthal's account of events as they unfolded Wednesday:
Keep in mind: The #Padres want the Kemp trade to happen.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 17, 2014
Source with knowledge of #Padres' thinking says of pending Kemp trade, "I do think it will happen." Exact nature of holdup unclear.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 17, 2014
This is getting weird. #Padres official: “Still inconclusive on Kemp.” Is trade in jeopardy? “Not yet.”— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 18, 2014
#Padres will have impressive RH power after Kemp and Myers trades become official. Would be stunned if SD nixed Kemp deal after all this.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 18, 2014
As Rosenthal alluded in one of his tweets, the Kemp physical impacts two trades. The original deal involved Los Angeles sending Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz and $32 million in cash to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitching prospects Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. Eflin is rumored to be high on the Phillies' radar and the Dodgers are expected to flip him to Philadelphia as part of a deal for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
There has been no indication exactly what could happen to the Kemp or Rollins deals should the Padres not approve the physical.