The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves shocked the baseball world with a wild trade on Saturday that brought back Matt Kemp to California for a reunion with his old team.
According to several sources, the Dodgers will be sending Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson, and cash to the Braves for Kemp.
Nobody expected this move as the Dodgers had been very quiet this off-season and didn't even make on move during the Winter Meetings, now we know why.
Kemp who is owed $43 million from a eight-year contract he originally signed with the Dodgers in 2012 for $160 million dollars, when the outfielder was considered one of the best in baseball.
After trades that sent him to the Padres and Braves, Kemp will now be on a sort of discount for the Dodgers as some of his salary stayed with San Diego in his second trade.
Ken Rosenthal indicated the deal for the Braves creates space for Ronald Acuña, who is their top prospect, McCarthy would join their rotation and Kazmir could also be added at some point, and finally, Culberson will be a utility player for Atlanta.
#Braves’ logic, per sources: Clear Kemp’s 2019 salary of $21.5M. Create spot for Acuna at some point, improving LF defense. McCarthy joins rotation, Kazmir lottery ticket, Culberson backup SS. Gonzalez/McCarthy/Kazmir salaries all go off the books after this year.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) 16 de diciembre de 2017
After this season, the contracts for Gonzalez, McCarthy and Kazmir would come off the books for Braves.
For Dodgers its simple, the trade is a massive salary dump that allows them to get under the LUXURY TAX threshold in 2018 right before the All-Star filled free agency market of 2019.