It’s official. Well, almost.
The teams previously set a soft Thursday-night deadline to complete the five-player deal, which was agreed upon a week earlier at baseball’s winter meetings. As the deadline approached, there was speculation the trade could fall apart, as USA Today reported earlier in the day that Kemp’s physical examination revealed “severe” arthritis in the two-time All-Star’s hips.
The Dodgers are also sending the Padres $32 million to cover part of the $107 million Kemp is guaranteed over the next five seasons.
Eflin will be sent to the Philadelphia Phillies to complete the trade for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.