After a couple of seemingly quiet days for the Dodgers at the Winter Meetings, the new front office got to work on replacing the departed SS Hanley Ramirez. They got a couple of other things done as well.
Wednesday opened with news that LA had acquired SS Jimmy Rollins from Philadelphia for two minor leaguers. Then came word that All-Star 2B Dee Gordon and RHP Dan Haren were shipped to Miami for a package of prospects that included LHP Andrew Heaney.
Heaney was then flipped to the angels for 2B Howie Kendrick. Meanwhile, word of an agreement with RHP Brandon McCarthy on a four-year deal went out on all the MLB rumor sites and TV shows.
This morning we have news from Dennis Lin and Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune that the long-rumored blockbuster deal involving Matt Kemp going to the Padres has been agreed to. Kemp and C Tim Federowicz will go to San Diego, with C Yasmani Grandal RHP Joe Weiland and a minor leaguer going to LA.
So, the Dodgers have replaced Ramirez and Gordon at SS and 2B with Rollins and Kendrick. They have addressed their anemic offense at the catcher position with a solid hitter who can also play 1B. And they reduced the stress of the outfield logjam by sending Kemp and his big contract out, leaving Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke and an up-and-coming Joc Pederson. For now anyways.
There were more players involved than I listed here so for a full recap, see Chris Cotillo’s recap over at MLBDailyDish.com.