Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error So what will win out: The Padres’ desire to make waves by splurging on Matt Kemp, or the Dodgers’ desire to wait for the best offer and strike when the time is right?According to multiple reports Tuesday, the best offer on Kemp is likely to come from San Diego. Padres executive Logan White drafted Kemp out of high school in 2003. Dodgers executive Josh Byrnes drafted some of the Padres’ top prospects. The familiarity of the two teams, not to mention their mutual needs, makes for a logical fit.But having an aggressive trade partner with something to offer on paper doesn’t inherently make a deal close. Zaidi called reports of an impending trade “wishful thinking” on the part of an impatient media. It could be that the Dodgers don’t like what they’ve been offered so far — at least, that’s the best explanation for why a deal is not close.Money could also be a factor. Kemp is owed $107 million over the next five seasons, an amount the Padres have been historically unwilling to pay. It remains unclear how much of Kemp’s salary the Dodgers would be willing to absorb in a trade.The hold-up might also be a consequence of involving other teams in what could become a three- or four-team trade. SAN DIEGO >> It was no secret among baseball insiders camped at the Manchester Grand Hyatt that the Padres were looking to make a splash at the Winter Meetings. They have a new general manager and a somewhat new ownership group. The event was in their backyard and the timing would never be better for a headline-grabbing deal.The Dodgers are not in a hurry to make a splash. They made a trade Tuesday, but it involved a player (Drew Butera) who had already been removed from their 40-man roster going to the Angels.It’s probably a coincidence, but a clock in the Dodgers’ sixth-floor suite is running an hour fast. If Andrew Friedman and company check out early without making another move, their drive north will be pleasant.“That’s something we have talked about at length, is not feeling the urgency to do something here because of the venue,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said. “We’re not going to make a deal we wouldn’t ordinarily make because we think we need to make one at the Winter Meetings.” But the GM added that he’s made progress on some fronts, specifically the Dodgers’ pursuit of a shortstop either via free agency or a trade. Zaidi said the Dodgers’ desire to acquire a replacement for Hanley Ramirez is not linked to their desire to move an outfielder.“If we happen to kill two birds with one stone, that’s great,” Zaidi said.With three natural shortstops already on the 40-man roster — Erisbel Arruebarrena, Miguel Rojas and Alex Guerrero — the Dodgers only need to add one more. Zaidi said it’s “very possible” the Dodgers could leave San Diego with that shortstop. A rumor circulating Tuesday that second baseman Dee Gordon was available via trade was false, Zaidi said. “We’re not dangling him. He is our second baseman,” Zaidi said of Gordon.The focus on Kemp, who exploded in the second half of 2014, might also be premature. Zaidi said the Dodgers have gotten “multiple hits” on more than one of the outfielders they are willing to trade. Veterans Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford are also in that group.Butera to AngelsThe trade for Butera was the first between the Dodgers and the Angels since 1993, when the Angels shipped outfielder Reggie Williams to Chavez Ravine for pitcher Mike James.The Dodgers have 10 days to complete the trade by sending a player or cash to the Angels.“(Butera) has experience caching good staffs in the past, particularly the one he’s coming from with the Dodgers,” Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “We feel like the combination of Drew with (Carlos) Perez, (Jett) Bandy and Jackson Williams, in addition to Chris (Iannetta), makes us deeper at catcher than at any time since I’ve been here.”Butera, 31, has never batted higher than .200 in any of his five major-league seasons, including the past two with the Dodgers. In 251 career games, Butera has thrown out 32.7 percent of attempted base-stealers, which ranks seventh among catchers who have appeared in at least 225 games since 2010.AlsoDespite the Dodgers’ surprise late entry into an escalating bidding war, free agent left-hander Jon Lester is expected to choose between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs. According to multiple reports, both the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are officially out of the bidding. … Rojas said in an email that he thinks he can return to play games this weekend in the Venezuelan Winter League. Rojas dislocated his pinky finger sliding into a base on Saturday. … Dipoto said that Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin will begin the 2015 season at Single-A Inland Empire or Double-A Arkansas. The 20-year-old, who’s agreed to an $8 million bonus, arrived in the United States Monday and still has to complete a physical before his contract with the Angels becomes official.