Trade brings Dodgers’ Kemp to Padres

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SAN DIEGO, Calif – In one of the off season’s biggest trades, the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to send outfielder Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres in return for catcher Yasmani Grandal.

The trade has yet to be announced by either team, and all players involved must pass a physical before the deal is official. According to reports, the Dodgers will also send catcher Tim Federowicz to San Diego, and will receive pitcher Joe Wieland and at least one prospect in addition to Grandal.

The remaining $31 million of Kemp’s $107 million contract  will be covered by the Dodgers.

The Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman was hired as president of baseball operations on October 14th, and has already made 10 trades in just 26 days on the job. “We obviously traded away some very good players tonight,” Friedman said, “But we feel with the totality of the moves ourselves, we made ourselves a better team.”

Kemp missed 145 games with injuries during the 2012-2013 seasons, but returned last season with a .287 batting average to go along with 25 home runs and 89 RBI. The 30-year old’s best year was in 2011 when he batted .324 with 39 homers, 126 RBI and 40 stolen bases, finishing behind Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder Ryan Braun in the MVP race.

Of all their trades this off season, Kemp is the most expensive and talented player dealt by Los Angeles. The Padres get an All-Star caliber outfielder for about $21 million a year after the salary relief from the Dodgers.