Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Matt Kemp Traded to Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, More

Matt Kemp Traded to Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, More

Kemp will make $21.5 million in 2018 and another $21.5 million in 2019.

The Dodgers have been looking for ways to shave money off their payroll in order to get under the luxury tax threshold.

The Dodgers sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, oft-injured starting pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash to Atlanta for the 33-year-old Kemp.

McCarthy, 34, signed a four-year deal with the Dodgers in December 2014 and in his three seasons with Los Angeles, went 11-7 with a 4.51 ERA in 29 starts.

Kemp played for the Dodgers from 2006-14, hitting 182 home runs, fourth most in Los Angeles history.

The trade is likely a way for both teams to break even out on bad contracts and bring the Dodgers under budget for 2018. The outfielder hit.276 with 19 homers, 64 RBIs and 23 doubles in 115 games last season with the Braves.

By moving under the luxury tax threshold for 2018, the Dodgers re-set the penalties if they exceed it again in 2019.

The move was widely seen as a salary-dumping maneuver to put the Dodgers in better position for the next off-season's free agent market. But Saturday's move goes a long way in checking off boxes on the team's to-do list. Gonzalez was designated for assignment. With the Miami Marlins headed for a terrible 2018 campaign the Braves can, at the very least, show their fanbase that not only are they no longer the worst team in the National League East, but that their future is brighter than it has been in a long time. With a strong, returning roster that propelled them to a World Series last season the Dodgers can afford to look ahead to future possibilities, which this salary dump certainly allows them to do.

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