After being quiet for the first month and a half of the 2014-2015 MLB offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers have made multiple transactions in the past 24 hours. According to reports, the team has traded four players in two separate deals, and the new regime under Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi and Josh Byrnes may not be done making deals.
After years of trade speculation surrounding Matt Kemp under former general manager Ned Colletti, the Dodgers have finally pulled the trigger on a deal, sending the star outfielder to the San Diego Padres. In exchange, L.A. receives catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and pitcher Zach Eflin. The Dodgers have also sent catcher Tim Federowicz to the Padres, and will add $30 million to help offset the $107 million over five years owed to Kemp. The deal is still pending approval from the commissioner's office.
Los Angeles has reportedly made a second deal that includes the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels. Eight different players will switch teams in the trade, as second baseman Howie Kendrick, infielder Enrique Hernandez, pitcher Chris Hatcher and minor league infielder Austin Barnes will go to L.A. The Dodgers traded away Dan Haren, Dee Gordon, Miguel Rojas and Andrew Heaney in the deal.
The moves come a day after L.A. acquired Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies after losing Hanley Ramirez to free agency. More deals may be on the way.
Outfielder Andre Ethier has been at the center of trade talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to ESPN, in a possible deal that could land them catcher Miguel Montero. However, the amount of money on Ethier’s contract that Arizona would be responsible for has been a sticking point. Even with Kemp out, Ethier is part of a crowded Dodgers outfield and is owed $53.5 million over the next three year seasons. Ethier struggled at the plate in 2014, with an OPS of just .692.
The Dodgers have also discussed trading for Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. The southpaw is owed $90 million over the next four years. The Dodgers have depth in the farm system to make a deal, but it's unclear if they are willing to add to an already hefty payroll. According to sources, the Dodgers have agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with Brandon McCarthy, a 31-year-old right hander who pitched for the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014.
The biggest free agent on the market is still available, and is also linked to the Dodgers. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported that the Dodgers may join the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants in trying to sign Max Scherzer, one of the best right-handed starters in baseball. Scherzer's agent Scott Boras is believed to be seeking a deal worth $200 million.