UPDATE: The trade is finally official. Matt Kemp is a Padre.
10:52 p.m. ET: While there was some drama with Matt Kemp’s physical this week, including a report today that he has arthritis in both of his hips, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports hears that the Dodgers and Padres have worked through the lingering issues and that the trade is “all but done.” FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that the Padres asked the Dodgers to cover more of Kemp’s salary, presumably after questions were raised in the physical, but they were rebuffed. The original terms of the trade will remain.
Here’s the breakdown the trade:
The Padres get: Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz, and $32 million of the $107 remaining on his Kemp’s contract.
The Dodgers get: Catcher Yasmani Grandal, right-hander Joe Wieland, and prospect right-hander Zach Eflin.
Once the deal between the Padres and Dodgers is official, Eflin is expected to be sent to the Phillies along with prospect left-hander Tom Windle for Jimmy Rollins.
Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.
Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.
Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:
“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”