Los Angeles and San Diego have signed off on the blockbuster deal that will send outfielder Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres, sources told ESPN on Thursday night.
The six-player deal will pave the way for the trade that will send Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers.
Zach Eflin, a 20-year-old Padres prospect the Dodgers will receive in the Kemp trade, will go to the Phillies in the Rollins deal. Another Dodgers minor-league pitcher, Tom Windle, is the second piece in the package for Rollins. That trade was agreed upon Dec. 10.
USA Today reported that Kemp's physical had shown arthritis in his hips. The Padres reportedly asked for more compensation after Kemp's physical, but the Dodgers refused.
Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz, and $32 million will be sent to the Padres in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal, righthander Joe Wieland, and Eflin, sources told the Los Angeles Times.
Rays strike out
The St. Petersburg City Council has rejected a deal reached earlier this month between the Rays and the city's mayor that would have allowed the team to search for new stadium sites on both sides of Tampa Bay.
The council voted, 5-3, Thursday to reject Mayor Rick Kriseman's proposed agreement.
The team has played since its inception in Pinellas County at what now is called Tropicana Field. The agreement would have allowed the Rays to evaluate sites on the east side of the bay in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located.
The deal also would have established how much the Rays would have had to pay the city if they left their current home before their Tropicana Field lease expires in 2027.
The Rays have been able to consider only alternative sites in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County.
A's acquire De La Rosa
The Oakland Athletics have acquired lefthander Eury De La Rosa from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash.
De La Rosa, 24, began the 2014 season with triple-A Reno and posted a 2.52 ERA in 36 relief appearances before being called up by Arizona July 5. He then went 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 25 games for the D'backs.
Steroid trial pushed back
A federal judge in Miami has delayed for two months the trial of a cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez on charges stemming from dealings with the clinic that illegally provided performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players.
U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga postponed the trial of Yuri Sucart from Feb. 9 to April 6 - the day the Yankees open at home against Toronto. Sucart's lawyer said in a court filing that Sucart has serious health problems and can't fully participate in his defense.
Medlen, Royals agree
Former Atlanta right-hander Kris Medlen has agreed to an $8.5 million, two-year contract with the Kansas City Royals after missing last season while he recovered from Tommy John surgery.
Medlen will make $2 million next year and $5.5 million in 2016 under the agreement announced Thursday and could earn up to $10 million in performance bonuses based on starts and innings. The deal includes a 2017 option with a $1 million buyout.