The Dodgers Settle All Family Business
So much has happened with the Dodgers in the last few hours, so let’s just bullet them out.
Kemp-Grandal: Kirk Kenney and Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune report that the Dodgers have agreed to trade Matt Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz and cash to the Padres for catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitching prospects. Somewhere, Bill Plaschke weeps.
Brandon McCarthy: The Dodgers agreed to give the oft-injured but effective 31-year-old right-hander a healthy four-year $48 million deal.
Jimmy Rollins: As reported yesterday, the Phillies began their rebuild by trading former MVP shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers to replace Hanley Ramirez (for one season).
Dee Gordon: Also yesterday, the Dodgers traded Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to Miami for Andrew Heaney, Enrique Hernandez, Chris Hatcher and Austin Barnes.
Heaney-Kendrick: Heaney wasn’t a Dodger for long, as he was promptly sent down Interstate 5 in exchange for All-Star second baseman Howie Kendrick.
Got all that? ESPN reports the Dodgers believe they got better, which is kind of the point of trades for contending big market teams.
“We feel like within the totality of the moves, we made ourselves a better team,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “Adding Howie Kendrick we felt like fit us really well: right-handed bat, tremendous hitter, really good defender, and then the young players we got should help us in 2015 and beyond.”