With the MLB Winter Meetings coming to a close Thursday in San Diego, many teams have seen some changes to their teams.
The Los Angeles Dodgers made a splash in the last 24 hours with some blockbuster trades. They traded Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres for Yasmani Grandal and two prospects. Then they acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins to fill in for recently traded Hanley Ramirez. They sent second baseman Dee Gordon, pitcher Dan Haren and shortstop Miguel Rojas to the Miami Marlins for Marlins’ prospect Andrew Heaney. The Dogers quickly traded Heaney to the Los Angeles Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick. The Dodgers also signed pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a four-year deal.
Kemp, a two-time all-star, gives the Padres a huge bat they were looking for. Kemp has had some injuries in the past, but when healthy, he has proven to be one of the top players in the league. He was runner-up for MVP in 2011 when he hit .324 with 39 homeruns, 126 RBI, 40 stolen bases and 115 runs scored.
Rollins and Kendrick will be the new double-play combo for the Dodgers in 2015. Rollins brings a great glove to the infield, with four gold gloves on his resume, and three all-star game appearances. In 2007, he won the National League Most Valuable Player award.
Another big splash was made by the Detroit Tigers who added heavy hitting Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox get pitcher Rick Porcello in exchange for Cespedes and two prospects. The Tigers also acquired all-star pitcher Alfredo Simon to their rotation.
Many players will be moving cities in the next few days and many teams hope to move up in the standings with their new lineups and pitching rotations. If you’re a baseball fan, Spring Training can’t come soon enough.