Report: Matt Kemp has arthritis in both hips.

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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?

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

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Matt Kemp could officially become a San Diego Padre tomorrow. (John McCoy/Staff Photographer)

Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported today that Matt Kemp will take his physical with the Padres tomorrow, which is one of the first hurdles to finalizing the chain of events that will formally transform the Dodgers’ roster this week.

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.

One more link to pass along: Dan Szymborski of ESPN.com offers an analytical breakdown of the Kemp trade, which might be needed if you’re a fan ready to jump off the ledge (and a wholly unnecessary read if you’ve already jumped off).

You might as well laugh: Day 3 of the Winter Meetings, for anyone who missed it.

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.

Heh.

In case you missed it, this is how possibly the greatest one-day roster makeover in the history of the Dodgers franchise unfolded:
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It’s (almost) official: Dodgers trade Matt Kemp to San Diego.

The Dodgers continued a furious Winter Meetings trade spree Thursday morning by dealing Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres. Kemp, a star outfielder and the Dodgers’ longest tenured player, has been informed of the trade, which has not been announced by either team because it is still pending approval from the league.

Soon, Kemp will be heading south along with catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and pitcher Zach Eflin, according to multiple reports.

The full story is here.

Reports: Dodgers, Padres still in discussions about Matt Kemp.

It is no secret among baseball folks that the Padres are looking to make a big splash at the Winter Meetings, with the event in their backyard for the first time since 1985. Their focus appears to be on Kemp, according to multiple reports Tuesday morning.

From CBSsports.com:

San Diego has become the most likely landing spot if LA does indeed to deal Kemp. One deal being discussed would send veteran catcher Yasmani Grandal and young pitcher Zach Eflin to Los Angeles for Kemp, sources said.

Friedman said he has no qualms trading within his own division.

“There’s 29 other trade outlets,” Friedman said. “To cut off four of them makes our job more difficult.”

One other wrinkle to this: While it would be hard to replace Kemp’s offense, if not impossible, that isn’t necessarily Friedman’s focus.

“Generally speaking our ability to score runs is so intertwined with our ability to prevent them, there’s a connection there that I’d be OK if we scored 200 runs next year if we allowed 100, just going to a crazy example. I’d be OK allowing 900 runs if we scored 1300. So there’s a connection between it that it’s about us trying to construct the best 25-man roster we can.”

Report: Padres would likely include Yasmani Grandal in a Matt Kemp trade package.

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Yasmani Grandal was suspended 50 games for testosterone use prior to the 2013 season. (Getty Images)


The Dodgers are discussing the framework for trading Matt Kemp to San Diego. That was the instant takeaway — and isn’t that the only takeaway that interests anyone these days? — from the following two tweets from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal on Thursday afternoon:

But that’s the lazy takeaway, and it shouldn’t be the only takeaway.
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Dodgers might need to get more creative after Michael Cuddyer signs with Mets.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Friday that “we are trying to solve for talent and be as creative as we can to put the best team on the field as we can.”

How creative can Friedman and his colleagues be? We’ll find out soon enough.

One obvious trading partner for the Dodgers’ glut of outfielders all but eliminated itself from consideration Monday, when the Mets signed Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract. The Mets’ outfield is full now with Cuddyer, right fielder Curtis Granderson and center fielder Juan Lagares.
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Report: Dodgers are “aggressively” shopping outfielders.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, one of the first orders of business for the Dodgers’ new front office includes trading an outfielder.

There’s no surprise there. What’s interesting is the names on the trade list.

The Dodgers never shopped their outfielders aggressively under former general manager Ned Colletti. Now it seems front-office shakeup could be followed by a shakeup of the major league roster.

Stay tuned.

St. Louis Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1: ‘Terrible’ strike zone, bullpen blowup, season on the brink.

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Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert reacts after giving up a two-run home run to St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong (background) during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. (Associated Press photo)

ST. LOUIS >> The Dodgers find themselves in a familiar position after a 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS. As Mark Whicker writes, we all know how it ended last year. Clayton Kershaw acknowledged the gravity of moment after being officially named the Dodgers’ Game 4 starter.

Matt Kemp called home plate umpire Dale Scott’s strike zone “terrible,” but the Dodgers’ bullpen was at least as bad.

The box score is here.

Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2: Matt Kemp’s home run saves the day.

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Matt Kemp is greeted by teammates and bubbles in the Dodgers’ dugout after his eighth-inning home run beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, 3-2. (John McCoy/staff photographer)

With one swing of the bat, Matt Kemp evened the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Cardinals at one game apiece. The box score is here.

Like they have all season, the Dodgers got their money’s worth from Zack Greinke, writes Mark Whicker.

Don’t be fooled when MLB Network trumpets its ratings victories for this game tomorrow, writes Tom Hoffarth.

Harold Reynolds might believe the Cardinals are stealing signs, but he’s probably wrong.