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.
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.
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 multiplereports Tuesday morning.
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.”
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:
Sources: #Dodgers continue to discuss trade of Kemp to #Padres. Grandal likely would be in package going to LAD, and SD would get $ in deal.