The Atlanta Braves announced Saturday that they traded outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package consisting of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir, right-hander Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash considerations.
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. The Braves nearly immediately designated Gonzalez for assignment, which makes him a free agent. 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. Kemp is still making more than $21 million this season, but that's a far cry from the $50 million the Dodgers were able to shed. The Braves have already designated Gonzalez for assignment, and the Dodgers are expected to either trade or release Kemp. He played for them from 2006-14, hitting 182 home runs, which is fourth in Dodgers' history. "We expect Ronald Acuna to be a very good player for a very long time", Anthopoulos said.
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Gonzalez, a popular veteran who came to the Dodgers from the Boston Red Sox during the 2012 season, was supplanted at first base last season by Cody Bellinger, the National League Rookie of the Year. Kazmir didn't pitch last season because of a hip injury, one of many in his career.
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.