A couple of tweets have helped build up the rumor that the Matt Kemp deal may be hinging on a failed physical. Last night Ken Rosenthal, who has been all over the Kemp story since it because a couple weeks ago tweeted this:
Nothing to report on status of Kemp deal. #Padres meeting to discuss results of physical tomorrow.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 17, 2014
Then, this morning Will Carroll who goes by @injuryexpert and is someone I have followed for years and years because of his knowledge about player injuries tweeted this:
Rumors of a failed physical blowing up the Kemp deal to the Padres are starting to get louder.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) December 17, 2014
Local report Dennis Lin added these tweets shortly after Carroll's:
Source: RHP Joe Wieland has not been notified of a trade to the Dodgers.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) December 17, 2014
Everything indeed hinges on the results of Matt Kemp's physical, as @ChrisCotillo has mentioned.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) December 17, 2014
That is not a lot to go on, but it does tell us that the physical is likely the only thing left to overcome to complete the deal and that there are formalities left to do like informing players. There was some thought that maybe the amount of money changing hands could be holding up the deal because the commissioner's office was dragging their feet, but this seems to nix that idea.
It was also expected that Zach Eflin (who the Padres traded to LA in the Kemp deal) was going to Philadelphia in LA's acquisition of Jimmy Rollins, so that deal made by the rivals up the I5 may be collateral damage. We shall see.
Edit: Bob Nightengale and Ken Rosenthal try to calm things down
The #Padres believe that Matt Kemp's physical is fine but still waiting on final details as they are in organization meetings.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 17, 2014
As I reported last night, #Padres were to meet this AM to discuss Kemp physical. #Dodgers waiting to hear. Two trades hang in balance.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 17, 2014
Keep in mind: The #Padres want the Kemp trade to happen.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 17, 2014