Dodgers trade first baseman, re-acquire past star outfielder

The Braves traded Matt Kemp back to the Dodgers on Saturday

The Los Angeles Dodgers made a major move Saturday, acquiring outfielder Matt Kemp from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for multiple players including first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

McCarthy went 6-4 with 72 strikeouts and a 3.98 ERA for the Dodgers, while Kazmir, who has a 108-96 career record, did not play last season because of a hip injury. The 34-year-old right-hander missed most of 2015 and 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Braves have already designated Gonzalez for assignment, and the Dodgers are expected to either trade or release Kemp.

The best part of this trade for the Dodgers is dealing the bad contracts of Gonzalez, Kazmir, and McCarthy in the deal.

Kemp hit.276 with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs last season. The move could allow the Dodgers to get underneath the $197-million luxury-tax threshold in 2018 while maintaining flexibility for next winter, when Clayton Kershaw could join a star-studded class of free agents that includes Bryce Harper.

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That's no small thing: In 2017, the Dodgers paid approximately $244 million in payroll and benefits.

The Dodgers dumped about $47.5 million in salaries in the trade, and sent the Braves the cash to cover the differences in the amount between those salaries and what Kemp was owed on the eight-year, $160 million contract he signed with the Dodgers after the 2011 season. The 6-foot-0, 200-pound native of Rome, Ga., appeared in 10 games during the Dodgers' run through the postseason, hitting.500 (8-for-16) with three extra-base hits. They'll pay at least $10 million more in surtaxes, putting their total tax bill between $35-$40 million - this after paying $31.8 million previous year. This deal also has little to no impact on the Dodgers' 2018 aspirations, seeing as how Gonzalez and Kazmir were not really in the equation to begin with.

"He came back at the end of the year and was on the World Series roster because of how good he looked, how good his stuff was, up to 94 (mph) and he started throwing a slider that he just added at the end of the year", Anthopoulos said.

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