The Padres signed off on the blockbuster deal to bring Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp to San Diego after medical issues reportedly threatened to scupper the trade. In addition to Kemp, the Padres acquired catcher Tim Federowicz from the Dodgers in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.

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The terms of the Kemp trade didn’t change, and the Padres also added catcher Derek Norris in a separate deal.

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Los Angeles is attempting to fill a need after losing Hanley Ramirez to the Red Sox.

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The beauty of baseball’s hot-stove season, and in particular MLB’s Winter Meetings, is that a deal can come together quickly and with very little warning. Of course, that can also lead to a little awkwardness as players honor team-related commitments that on some occasions overlap baseball business.  Such was the case for Dee Gordon on Wednesday. In the morning hours, he was representing the team at Union Elementary  as part of its partnership with the L.A. Fund for Public Education’s School Fuel program. By late afternoon, he was officially traded to the Miami Marlins , along with Dan Haren, in exchange for four minor leaguers, including Miami’s top prospect Andrew Heaney. Heaney was later flipped to the Los Angeles Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick.  Breakfast with @FlashGJr http://t.co/LPUqrZClMq pic.twitter.com/qaBmpCDn96 — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 10, 2014 Deal that sends Dee Gordon from the #Dodgers to the #Marlins is done, according to a source. — Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 11, 2014 Yeah, that’s a bit awkward for everybody, but perhaps most awkward for the fifth-grade students who arrived home to tell their parents about meeting a Dodgers player, only to learn he was no longer a Dodger a short time later. Deflating may actually be a more apt description from their perspective. If only for a short time, they established a personal connection with Gordon. A pretty big deal for kids that age. But just that quick, in a “Flash” you might say, he’s moving to the other side of the country.  The dominos obviously fell quickly. The Dodgers first acquired Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies to fill the shortstop position vacated by Hanley Ramirez. Gordon, who played second base in 2014, was a candidate to fill shortstop. The moment Rollins was locked in, the Dodgers flipped Gordon with an obvious eye toward acquiring Kendrick from the Angels.  Given how quickly these events played out, it would seem Los Angeles had this mapped out well in advance of Wednesday. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that the timing of Gordon’s trade was unfortunate and will undoubtedly sting for those who were in his company on Wednesday.    BLS H/N : Eye on Baseball   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman is making some bold moves to create his kind of team.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Alex Rodriguez isn’t yet at the weight the New York Yankees want him to be at when he reports to spring training in two months.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The 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.

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