Dodgers Shed Salary In Five-Player Trade With Braves

17 December, 2017, 04:08 | Author: Cary Erickson
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Atlanta Braves outfielder Matt Kemp is returning to Los Angeles, after being dealt to the Dodgers.

The Dodgers acquired outfielder Matt Kemp, who spent the first nine seasons of his Major League Baseball career in Los Angeles, for Gonzalez, pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash considerations.

Gonzalez, who's owed $21.5 million in 2016, was immediately designated for assignment, as agreed to by the Braves in return for him agreeing to waive his no-trade clause and permit the deal to happen.

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The trade appears to be an attempt by the Dodgers to shed payroll, and Kemp's second go-round in L.A. could be short-lived. Between the three of them, the Dodgers will clear almost $50 million in salary for the 2018 season.

Kemp signed his $160 million contract with the Dodgers many injuries and two teams ago. He previously played for the Dodgers from 2006 to 2014, hitting 182 home runs - fourth-most in Los Angeles history. He also posted a tidy.781 OPS but managed just a -0.5 in FanGraphs WAR, the lowest mark of his 12-year career.

The Dodgers have exceeded the collective-bargaining tax threshold - the so-called "luxury tax" - in each of the past five seasons, paying an estimated $148 million in tax on top of their annual MLB-high payrolls - including approximately $34 million for 2017 even though their payroll decreased for a third consecutive season. However, the 33-year-old Kemp did spend some time on the disabled list last season, and his overall production is trending downwards. The Dodgers will still be strong contenders in 2018 and are now in a better position to make a run at potential free agents next Winter. He went on the DL three times last season, when he was limited to 19 appearances and went 6-4 with a 3.98 ERA. "I'm excited about him, think there is an upside to him".



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