Dodgers trading Star Matt Kemp to Padres in blockbuster deal

Dodgers trading Star Matt Kemp to Padres in blockbuster deal

The Padres have Matt Kemp and the Dodgers have less of an outfield logjam after the two California franchises agreed to a stunning trade Thursday morning.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz would head to the Padres in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and a pair of minor league pitching prospects, likely to be Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.

In addition, the paper said the Padres would also receive about $30 million toward the remaining five years of Kemp’s eight-year, $160 million contract.

Matt Kemp spent his first nine seasons with the Dodgers and was the runner-up for NL MVP in 2011 when he batted .324 with league-highs of 39 homers and 126 runs batted in.

The 30-year-old veteran, however, played just 183 games over the next two seasons because of injuries. He bounced back last year and hit 25 homers with 89 RBI and a .287 average in 150 games.

In 1,116 games, Kemp has a career .292 average with 182 homers and 648 RBI.

Grandal was San Diego’s leader with 15 home runs last season, playing in a career-high 128 games. He batted just .225 and drove in 49 runs.

The 26-year-old Cuban native is a career .245 hitter in 216 big league games.