It took a while to become official, but I’m sure it was worth the wait for San Diego. The Padres also got Tim Federowicz along with Kemp and traded Yasmani Grandal and right-handed pitchers Joe Weiland and Zach Eflin. Eflin was then moved early Friday morning in the Jimmy Rollins deal.
San Diego, as everyone already knows, had the leagues worst offense last season. Adding Matt Kemp will definitely help that cause. He was one of Major League Baseball’s best players in the second half of last season, after a pedestrian first half. Kemp was one home run away in 2012 from being only the fifth player in the history of the game too have a 40/40 season. That’s the Kemp the Padres hope they are paying for.
Padres got a fairly good deal as the Dodgers took on $32 million of his contract to get rid of him. The 5 year, $75 million is still the largest in Padres history but it’s a lot better than the $107 million they’d have to pay him if LA didn’t eat some money. San Diego is trending in the right direction with this move and a flurry of other moves they’ve made recently.