The Dodgers made two minor trades Thursday morning, none involving Matt Kemp.
They sent Matt Long to the Angels to complete the trade for catcher Drew Butera. Then they traded Long and pitcher Jarrett Martin for minor-league catcher Shawn Zarraga. None of the players involved are on the 40-man roster.
Zarraga, who turns 26 in January, was born in Aruba. He reached Triple-A in 2014, his seventh pro season, and batted .213/.304/.255 in 17 games. Zarraga has spent his entire career in the Milwaukee organization and batted .283/.376/.371.
Defensively, Zarraga was charged with two passed balls in 67 games last season and threw out 16 of 47 attempted base-stealers.
Zarraga was a 44th-round draft pick by the Brewers in the 2007 draft.
Matt Kemp has been placed on the disabled list seven times in his career, but never for a hip injury. (Associated Press photo)
Matt Kemp was reportedly scheduled to take his physical with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Two days later — seven days since the framework of the trade was agreed to by both teams — Kemp is still a Dodger.
So what’s the holdup?
The holdup in Matt Kemp trade is because the physical revealed arthritis in both hips. The #Padres continue to consult medical experts.
For a 30-year-old player who has had serious shoulder and ankle issues the last two years, this diagnosis poses another serious blow. The arthritis might not be Kemp’s most serious problem at the moment. Continue reading →
Once Kemp’s physical is complete, the Padres can send prospect Zach Eflin to the Dodgers, who can then send Eflin to Philadelphia to complete the Jimmy Rollins trade — barring any other hold-ups. Because the Phillies are sending cash to the Dodgers for Rollins (and the Dodgers are sending cash to the Padres for Kemp), the commissioner’s office needs to approve both trades.
It could be that the cash is the only thing keeping the Dodgers’ four-year, $48 million contract with pitcher Brandon McCarthy from becoming official. Judging by his new Twitter avatar, McCarthy sees no need to wait to change teams.
Did the Dodgers improve their team at the Winter Meetings? You thought so.
Las Vegas thinks it’s a wash.
According to online oddsmaker Bovada, the Dodgers are still the favorites to win the 2015 World Series, at 15-to-2. That hasn’t changed since October 30. Now, however, the Washington Nationals are also 15-to-2 favorites. See for yourself:
Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has been linked to the Dodgers in trade rumors. (Getty Images)
A lot of people are wondering about Cole Hamels and the Dodgers today.
A lot of people were wondering about Jon Lester and the Dodgers a week ago, so I wrote this. In hindsight, there was probably more smoke than fire around that rumor. That appears to be the case again with Hamels. Here are some reasons why, and some other things to know about the 30-year-old lefty:
So there’s a lot still up in the air. Just for fun, let’s assume the pending deals go through. Here’s what the Dodgers’ 25-man roster might look like if the season started in five minutes (because if the season started tomorrow, there would be more trades to account for):
True story: My wife and I share a birthday. Same exact date, three hours apart to the minute.
Wednesday was our birthday. We didn’t get to spend the day together last year. This year, a simple dinner would do. So I told my editor months ago that I was booking a three-night stay at the Winter Meetings hotel, then taking off Wednesday night. Play it by ear Thursday.
I pulled out of San Diego with the Jimmy Rollins trade still simmering, not looking like it would be resolved Wednesday, and Dee Gordon and Dan Haren firmly about to become Marlins. Checked with sources, felt good about the story, filed it at a Starbucks in Temecula, barely caught wind of the Brandon McCarthy signing before I turned off my iPhone. Because no good husband would constantly check his iPhone looking at sports news or doing work stuff during the birthday dinner.
In case you missed it, this is how possibly the greatest one-day roster makeover in the history of the Dodgers franchise unfolded: Continue reading →