Braves Send Matt Kemp to Dodgers in Five-Player Trade

Ruben Hill
December 16, 2017

Instead, they did some heavy dumping.

Kemp is returning to the Dodgers after spending nine seasons with the team from 2006 to 2014.

The Dodgers acquired Kemp, who spent the first nine seasons of his Major League Baseball career with the Dodgers, for pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir, infielder Charlie Culberson and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. For the Dodgers, it's all about getting underneath the luxury tax in advance of the 2018 season. In addition, the five-year grace period for the Dodgers to satisfy MLB's debt-service requirements following the 2012 sale of the team has expired.

For 2018 Gonzalez was due to make $22.36 million, McCarthy $11.5, Kazmir $17.67, and Kemp $21.5 (and the same in 2019). Fans turned their back on Kemp after the trade, even booing him when he made his first at-bat as a Padre at Dodgers Stadium.

Kazmir, 33, was signed to a three-year contract with Los Angeles before the 2016 season and went 10-6 with a 4.56 ERA in 26 starts during his first season with the Dodgers. It'll feature a cast of free agents to include Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Charlie Blackmon, Clayton Kershaw, and, of course, Bryce Harper, among many other quality players. The Braves immediately designated Gonzalez, who waived his no-trade clause to complete the transaction, for assignment to allow him a chance to earn significant playing time somewhere in 2018.

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