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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dodgers To Trade Matt Kemp

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a trade that will send Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres, a Padres official confirmed to Los Angeles will receive catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and another prospect, the source said, while the Padres get Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz.

The Dodgers will also send about $32 million to San Diego to cover part of Kemp’s remaining $107 million salary. The trade helps alleviate a logjam of outfielders in the organization. Andre Ethier and prospect Joc Pederson will vie for playing time, with Yasiel Puig holding the starting job in right field, and Carl Crawford in left. The Dodgers could also use role player Scott Van Slyke in the rotation.

The Dodgers’ new front office has been looking to move bulky long-term contracts and to improve the atmosphere in the clubhouse, which was described as “dysfunctional” by several team sources last season. The glut of outfielders became a source of tension at various times throughout the season.

Kemp, 30, looked rejuvenated this season after the All-Star break, hitting 17 of his 25 home runs and leading the major leagues in slugging percentage over that time period. Kemp finished second in voting for the National League MVP award in 2011, when he batted .324 with 39 home runs and 126 RBIs. He signed an eight-year, $160 million contract that winter.

The agreement is the latest in a flurry of moves for the Dodgers, who, in a busy Wednesday, acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick, infielder Enrique Hernandez, reliever Chris Hatcher and minor leaguer Austin Barnes. Los Angeles also added veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins and agreed to a four-year deal with pitcher Brandon McCarthy.

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