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MLB Round-Up: Padres Go for Broke while A’s Go Broke

Before the Christmas Holiday, let’s go over a couple of blockbuster MLB moves that have hit the headlines.

Padres acquire Matt Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and right-handers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. This deal took awhile to become official because of a problem with Kemp’s physical. He has 2 arthritic hips. I’m not sure he will ever return to the All-Star form that he had during his prime in LA. I applaud the Padres for going for it, trading within their division. If they get 70% of Kemp’s career numbers, he’s one piece of a big addition.

Padres, Nationals, Rays made an 11 player trade.

RAYS GET : Steven Souza, outfielder, from Nationals

Travis Ott, pitcher, from Nationals

Rene Rivera, catcher, from Padres

Burch Smith, pitcher, from Padres

Jake Bauers, first baseman, from Padres

PADRES GET …

Wil Myers, outfielder, from Rays

Ryan Hanigan, catcher, from Rays

Jose Castillo, pitcher, from Rays

Gerardo Reyes, pitcher, from Rays

NATIONALS GET …

Joe Ross, pitcher, from Padres

Trea Turner, shortstop, from Padres

The Padres acquire 2013 Rookie of the Year Wil Myers in the process. If Myers’ wrist is ok, he should return to his ’13 status.

Oakland on Thursday dealt catcher Derek Norris, RHP Seth Streich and an international signing slot to San Diego for RHPs Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez. Norris is another upgrade for the Friars. I saw Hahn’s big league debut at Citi Field in 2014, and he pitched pretty well since being called up from AA. Oakland had 5 all-stars in 2014, Norris joins Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and Jeff Samardzija are now 5 “former” Oakland A’s since mid-season 2014.

Padres then acquired left fielder Justin Upton and a low-level player to be named from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for left-handed pitcher Max Fried, the team's No. 3 prospect, in addition to infielders Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson and outfielder Mallex Smith. Braves wanted to shop Justin. They wanted to be out from underneath the contract, and since there were no takers, they parted ways with the younger, better Upton. Combine that with Jason Heyward to the Cardinals, the Braves have 2/3 of their outfield changing. Evan Gattis is likely to get LF, while free agent Orioles OF Nick Markakis rounds out a downgraded but solid Atlanta outfield. As for the Padres, they have not only replaced all 3 outfielders, but have kept all 3 of them, with future trades likely to follow. It’s San Diego deciding that if the Giants took a hit, & Colorado can’t figure themselves

The New York Yankees traded starting second baseman Martin Prado to the Miami Marlins for starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi as part of a five-player deal. Prado and pitcher David Phelps are going to the Marlins in exchange for the 24-year-old Eovaldi, first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitching prospect Domingo German. Eovaldi should be a starter in the Yankee rotation, and New York’s signing of Chase Headley, made Prado expendable. I like the Marlins make-up, and if Jose Fernandez comes back effectively, they should be a team to watch.

The Phillies have finalized their trade of Jimmy Rollins, sending the All-Star shortstop and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle. I did a whole blog post on this iconic player leaving Philadelphia. The holdup of the trade was Eflin, since he had to 1st be acquired by LA from San Diego in the Kemp deal.

• Usually, the time between Christmas and New Year’s is a quiet time in Baseball.  Good thing we have all these deals to dissect in the meantime.

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