Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Dodgers Shed Salary In Five-Player Trade With Braves

Dodgers Shed Salary In Five-Player Trade With Braves

The Dodgers traded three players for whom they no longer had any use but whose contracts had become burdensome - veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir - to the Atlanta Braves along with utilityman Charlie Culberson.

This time around, however, Kemp represents financial relief rather than a cornerstone player.

MLB.com reported the Braves have already designated Gonzalez for assignment.

The Dodgers have been looking for ways to shave money off their payroll in order to get under the luxury tax threshold. That enables them to reset their penalty levels when next winter's star-studded free agent class comes online. He was an All-Star in 2015 and led the NL in RBIs in 2014, but went on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his back last season for the first time in his career. The Dodgers may look to move him later in the winter, as the outfield does not feature many openings.

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Culberson could be a utility option. Atlanta's 40-man roster is now full.

Anthopoulos knows the Dodgers' players well, having served as Dodgers vice president of baseball operations for the past two seasons before being hired as GM and executive vice president position with the Braves last month.

Kazmir didn't pitch last season because of a hip injury, one of many in his career.

In 2018, right-handers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart will provide immediate depth, while top prospect Walker Buehler - who debuted in relief in 2017 - may arrive for good sooner rather than later.

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Kemp played in 115 games for the Braves in 2017, batting.276 with 19 homers and 64 RBI.

Kemp, 33, was acquired by the Braves from the San Diego Padres in July 2016.

Kemp batted.276 with 19 homers and a.318 on-base percentage a year ago for Atlanta.

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.

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