The deal sending Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies to the Dodgers remains on hold, with the assumption being that it requires the Dodgers’ other trade sending Matt Kemp to the Padres to happen first because one or more of those players will be flipped to Philadelphia.
However, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com “the trade that will send Rollins to the Dodgers remains in place” and if the Kemp deal falls through amid reports of his having two arthritic hips the Phillies “may have to get a player other than” than a Padres prospect.
In other words, even if the Kemp trade doesn’t happen Rollins is likely to wind up with the Dodgers anyway because the Phillies have more or less agreed to an alternate, fallback plan version of the deal.
So what exactly is the holdup stemming from Matt Kemp’s pre-trade physical exam?
Well, according to Bob Nightingale of USA Today the exam revealed that Kemp has arthritis in both hips and the Padres “continue to consult medical experts.”
Arthritic hips would certainly help explain how Kemp’s defense went downhill so rapidly and would also make it clear why the Padres might suddenly be re-thinking acquiring the 30-year-old former MVP runner-up even if the Dodgers are covering a big chunk of his remaining contract.
Oh, and there’s also this: Kemp, who apparently has two arthritic hips, batted .309 with 17 homers and a .971 OPS in 64 games after the All-Star break this year.
The Matt Kemp-to-the-Padres trade is not yet official. Why? The results of the physical have not yet been approved or rubberstamped or whatever one does with the results of physicals:
The chatter on this started a bit ago when Will Carroll of Bleacher Report tweeted this:
Others are saying that the Padres are optimistic that things are fine and want the deal to be done.
If, however, it’s not done for some reason, it could create a mess. Not only undoing the Matt Kemp trade, but also impacting the Jimmy Rollins deal too. Why? Because multiple reports have indicated that Zach Eflin, one of the prospects headed to Los Angeles in the Kemp deal, will then be traded to Philadelphia in the package that completes the Rollins deal.
So, we wait.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported last week that the Rays had received calls from “about a half-dozen teams” regarding the availability of young outfielder Wil Myers. And it appears the Tampa Bay front office was paying attention to those calls …
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Padres and Rays have been discussing a “significant trade” scenario that would send Myers to San Diego. Rosenthal says the talks involve a number of players, though it’s not known if an agreement is close.
Myers was limited to 87 games in 2014 due to a wrist injury and he batted just .222/.294/.320 when healthy, but the 24-year-old won American League Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 and he is under contractual control through 2019. Myers was rated a Top 10 prospect by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and MLB.com prior to the 2013 season. The Royals used him to get James Shields in December 2012.
The Padres have already added Matt Kemp this winter. Now they want to beef up the offense further.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m. ET: Topkin tweets that the Padres are currently “exploring several options” and that nothing between the Rays and Padres is close enough for a trade to get done by the end of the night Tuesday. Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM hears that Padres top catching prospect Austin Hedges has been discussed in the negotiations, and Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish says the Rays have been inquiring about young Padres pitchers Matt Wisler, Burch Smith, and R.J. Alvarez.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m. ET: There is “significant optimism” that Myers-to-San Diego will get done, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Passan hears that an agreement is “very close.”
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m. ET: Topkin is hearing that there could be a third team involved.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m. ET: Jason Churchill of Seattle’s 1090 The Fan has been given “strong indications” that the Mariners are the third team. Churchill says pitching prospect Taijuan Walker may end up with the Padres and Myers could be going to Seattle. “Timeline on any move uncertain,” Churchill adds.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres are “all over” Justin Upton, and speculates what it might get to pry him away from the Braves and to put him in the outfield with Matt Kemp.
He also, correctly, notes that adding Matt Kemp and Justin Upton does not a contender make. If they do take that course — and if they give the Braves the sort of return they want for Upton, which is probably a good, team-controlled pitcher — one has to wonder what in tarnation the Padres think they’re accomplishing.