MLB Winter Meetings update: Dodgers deal Kemp to Padres; Twins ink Santana

Thursday is the final day of Major League Baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego.

But the end of the meetings hasn’t slowed down the hot stove action with a flurry of trades and free agent signings.

We've compiled a rundown of the confirmed action from late Wednesday and Thursday. Check back for updates as the day passes.



San Diego has a deal in place to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz from division rival Los Angeles for catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitchers, two people familiar with the trade said Thursday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced by either team.

The deal is pending physical exams and the commissioner’s office approving the Dodgers sending $32 million to the Padres to help offset the $107 million remaining on Kemp’s contract.

The Padres’ obligation of $75 million to Kemp over five years becomes the biggest deal in club history. Kemp twice made the All-Star team during his time in L.A., as well as winning two Gold Glove and two Silver Slugger awards. His 182 homers rank fourth in Los Angeles Dodgers history.

The 30-year-old Kemp had a strong second half in 2014 for the NL West champion Dodgers. He finished the season with a .287 average, 25 home runs and 89 RBIs.

Kemp signed a $160 million, eight-year deal after his career year in 2011, when he hit .324 with 39 homers and 126 RBIs. He was runner-up to Ryan Braun for NL MVP.

The Padres now have five outfielders under contract for 2015, although two of them, left fielder Carlos Quentin and center fielder Cameron Maybin, have had a hard time staying on the field due to injuries. Kemp will likely play right or left.

Kemp and Quentin will have to patch things up after an encounter following a brawl during a game in April 2013. After Quentin was hit by a pitch, he rushed the mound and slammed into Zack Greinke, breaking the pitcher’s left collarbone.

After the game, Kemp confronted Quentin as the players were leaving Petco Park. The two went nose-to-nose briefly before Padres pitcher Clayton Richard stepped between them. Police and security broke it up.

Grandal, 26, led the Padres with 15 homers last season while hitting .225. He was suspended for the first 50 games of 2013 after testing positive for testosterone and then tore up his right knee in a collision at the plate that July. He’s also played first base.

The Dodgers also get right-hander Joe Wieland and minor league pitcher Zach Eflin.


Minnesota and free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana were working Thursday to finalize a four-year, $55 million contract, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal.

The agreement was reached in San Diego at baseball’s winter meetings. The two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not yet been signed. Included in Santana’s guarantee is a $1 million buyout of a fifth-year option on the deal.

Over the last five years, Santana averaged 12 wins, 207 innings and 164 strikeouts while making 30 or more starts each season. The Twins pursued him a year ago, but he held out until March and signed with Atlanta for one season and $14.1 million. Santana, who turns 32 Friday, was 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves last year.


A person familiar with the negotiations says power hitter Mark Reynolds and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because there no official announcement.

The 31-year-old Reynolds hit 22 home runs last season in his only year with Milwaukee. He batted .196 with 45 RBIs in 130 games.


The son of former big leaguer Delino Deshields was one of 14 minor leaguers taken in baseball’s winter meetings draft.

Delino Deshields Jr., a Houston Astros prospect, was selected by the Texas Rangers, who had the third pick in Thursday’s draft for players left off 40-man rosters.

The No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft, Deshields had 54 stolen bases and 11 homers for Double-A Corpus Christi.

In the Rule 5 draft, teams pay $50,000 to pick a player. That player must either remain on the big league roster throughout 2015 or be offered back to the original club for $25,000.

The Diamondbacks took Rays Class A catcher Oscar Hernandez with the top pick. Selecting sixth, the Red Sox took Astros right-hander Jandel Gustave and then sold his contract to the AL champion Royals. Gustave’s fastball reaches 100 mph.

The Minnesota Twins selected right-hander J.R. Graham from the Atlanta Braves organization.

Last year in the Rule 5 draft, Texas took Colorado infielder Russell Wilson — the quarterback who later helped the Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl. Wilson is still officially in the Rangers’ system.


Dan Jennings traded Dan Jennings. On the final day of the winter meetings, the Miami Marlins sent Jennings, a 27-year-old left-handed reliever, to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday for 26-year-old right-hander Andre Rienzo.

Dan Jennings, the Marlins’ 54-year-old general manager, laughed about the deal.

“On the road, sometimes he’d get to the room and say to me, ‘I think I got the wrong room. They put wine in my room,”’ the GM said.

The pitcher was 3-6 with a 2.43 ERA and 84 strikeouts over 100 innings in 116 relief appearances with the Marlins from 2012-14.

“When it happened, I had to question which Dan Jennings we were trading,” said Mike Hill, Miami’s president of baseball operations.

The two men aren’t related.


Boston has traded outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit for pitcher Rick Porcello. Pitchers Alex Wilson and Gabe Speier also went to Detroit as part of the trade, which the Tigers announced Thursday.

The Red Sox acquired Cespedes in July in the deal that sent Jon Lester to Oakland. Cespedes finished the year with a .260 average, 22 home runs and 100 RBIs.

The 29-year-old Cespedes gives Detroit another power-hitting presence in the middle of its lineup, along with Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, but the Cuban slugger came at a significant price. Porcello does not turn 26 until later this month, and he is coming off a season in which he set career bests with 15 wins, a 3.43 ERA and 204 2-3 innings pitched.

Cespedes and Porcello could both be free agents after this season. Cespedes will make $10.5 million in 2015. Porcello is arbitration eligible after making $8.5 million this year.


A person familiar with the negotiations says slugger Kendrys Morales and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a $17 million, two-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement with the AL champions was subject to him passing a physical.

Morales figures to take over at designated hitter from Billy Butler, who left as a free agent and agreed to a $30 million, three-year deal with Oakland.


Miami has acquired right-hander Mat Latos from Cincinnati for pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani and catcher Chad Wallach, their second big deal in less than 12 hours.

DeSclafani was the next best minor league pitcher in the Marlins’ farm system behind Andrew Heaney, dealt to the Dodgers on Wednesday night.

Latos, who turned 27 on Tuesday, was limited to 16 starts in 2014 due to left knee surgery. But he was 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA upon his return June 14.


Detroit obtained pitcher Alfredo Simon from Cincinnati for right-hander Johnathon Crawford and infielder Eugenio Suarez.

Simon, a 33-year-old right-hander, was 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA last season.

Crawford, 23, was a first-round draft pick in 2013 and went 8-3 with a 2.85 ERA this year at Class A West Michigan. The 22-year-old Suarez hit .242 with four homers and 85 RBIs for Detroit last season.


New York has agreed to a $1.45 million, one-year contract with outfielder John Mayberry Jr. The team did not announce the deal, which is guaranteed and subject to a physical.

Mayberry, who turns 31 next month, had seven homers and 23 RBIs in 146 at-bats for Philadelphia and Toronto this year. Mayberry has 53 homers in six big leagues seasons.



The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels and were working to obtain shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies in a remake of their middle infield.

In a flurry of moves late Wednesday, the Dodgers dealt All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named or cash to the Miami Marlins as part of a seven-player trade for left-hander Andrew Heaney, right-hander Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes.

Los Angeles then sent Heaney, considered one of baseball’s top pitching prospects, to the Angels for Kendrick.


Pittsburgh has acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from Philadelphia for minor league lefty Joely Rodriguez.

The 29-year-old Bastardo went 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA this year with the Phillies. He struck out 81 and walked 34 in 64 innings. In six big league seasons — all with the Phillies — he is 20-18 with a 3.72 ERA. He has 324 strikeouts in 259 innings.

A starter, the 23-year-old Rodriguez pitched at Double-A this season. He was named an Arizona Fall League top prospect Wednesday.


Closer David Robertson and the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $46 million, four-year contract. The right-hander, who turns 30 in April, gets $10 million next year, $11 million in 2016, $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018 under the agreement announced Wednesday.

He was 4-5 with a 3.08 ERA and 39 saves this year, when he took over as the New York Yankees’ closer following Mariano Rivera’s retirement.


Houston has bolstered its bullpen by agreeing to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with Pat Neshek, people familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals with the right-handers were subject to physicals.

Gregerson, 30, spent five years with San Diego, then went 5-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 72 appearances for Oakland last season. Neshek, 34, has pitched for Minnesota, San Diego, Oakland and St. Louis. He was 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA for the Cardinals this year, when he struck out 68 in 67 1-3 innings and was picked for his first All-Star game.


Max Scherzer could be seeking the largest deal ever for a pitcher. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw won the NL Cy Young Award — his third in four years — last month and became the first NL pitcher since Bob Gibson in 1968 to win the MVP, all after the first season of a $215 million, seven-year contract. Scherzer turned down an offer from Detroit last March that would have paid $144 million from 2015-20.

Kershaw has the largest contract for a pitcher in total dollars and has the sport’s highest average salary at $30.7 million. “I’m not sure Kershaw is relevant,” agent Scott Boras said Wednesday at the winter meetings, “because he’s not a free agent. ... The prominent pitchers that have signed, (Justin) Verlander or (Felix) Hernandez or Kershaw, were not free-agent players. And certainly if you put a performance like Kershaw into a free-agent market, you’re going to get a much, much different calibration of value.” Scherzer’s negotiations figure to stretch on for weeks or even into next year.


Major League Baseball’s rules committee gathered Wednesday for what Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre said was a meeting that went well over its allotted time — that for a session designed to speed the pace of games. As he was hustling through the crowded lobby to a side entrance, Torre said all of the issues raised were still being explored. An MLB spokesman said the committee discussed pace of game and possible tweaks to Rule 7.13, which covers home plate collisions. Any changes for 2015 must be agreed to by the players’ association. Most managers agree they don’t like all the time wasted walking out to the umpires before making a replay challenge. A couple, though, enjoyed their conversations last season with the men in blue. “Some of those umpires were pretty interesting guys,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.