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Dodgers Bring Back Matt Kemp In Five-Player Trade With Braves

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Matt Kemp is- once again- a Los Angeles Dodger; but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t play much or at all for LA in 2018.

On Saturday, the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves completed a deal that sent 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Brandon McCarthy, LHP Scott Kazmir, IF Charlie Culberson, and $4.5 million to the Braves in exchange for Kemp.

Kazmir, 33, didn’t pitch at all for the Dodgers in 2017 due to injuries; McCarthy, 34, was 6-4 with a 3.98 ERA in 19 games (16 starts); and Culberson, 28, went 8 for 16 in the postseason after going 2 for 13 (all in September) in the regular season.

According to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, the Dodgers are expected to release Kemp and try to sign free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain, or trade for outfielder Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

With the exception of Culberson, the Dodgers rid themselves of nearly $48.5 million in payroll for 2018 by trading Gonzalez, McCarthy, and Kazmir. Kemp is expected to make $21.5 million in 2018, so as of now, Los Angeles is saving nearly $27 million in payroll, which currently drops them below the initial luxury-tax threshold for 2018.

Essentially, the deal is nothing but a large salary dump for both ballclubs.

“Whether this offseason, July or next year, this move allows for increased flexibility going forward at a time where we have some depth,” said Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, per MLB.com. “Particularly, any time you trade two starting pitchers, oftentimes you’re not in position to do that. But we feel really good about the depth we have that allowed us to do this.”

Kemp, 33, has two years remaining on his eight-year, $160 million contract he signed with the Dodgers after the 2011 season.

Gonzalez, 35, was limited to just 71 games in 2017 due to a herniated disk. He had to approve of the deal, which he did, and then thanked Dodger fans with a message on Twitter:

Three days following the trade, Gonzalez was released by the Braves; he had been a member of the Dodgers since August 2012.

In nine years for the Dodgers to begin his Major League career from 2006-14, Kemp hit .291 with 182 homers and 648 RBIs, and was also a two-time All-Star, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove winner in center field. He was traded to the San Diego Padres after the 2014 season, then dealt to the Braves mid-season in 2016.

Kemp hit .276/.318/.463 in 438 at-bats with 19 homers and 64 RBIs for the Braves this past season. Overall, he’s a career .285/.338/.488 career hitter with 259 homers and 920 RBIs.

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Braves Sign Pedro Florimon

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The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a minor-league pact with veteran infielder Pedro Florimon, according to Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Florimon has been able to land on a major league roster over the past 8 seasons but hasn’t been able to consistently reach over 100 plate appearances, doing so only twice during that span. However, Florimon has been a solid infielder for depth during his career.

 

 

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Tigers Claim Dustin Peterson

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The Detroit Tigers have claimed outfielder Dustin Peterson off of waivers from the Atlanta Braves and optioned him.

In a corresponding move, the Tigers transferred John Hicks fro the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Peterson, 23, has had ups and downs during this stint in the minors, and has yet to show off the power that many thought he possessed.

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Braves Acquire Rene Rivera

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The Atlanta Braves have acquired catcher Rene Rivera from the Los Angeles Angels via a waiver claim, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi.

With the move the Braves will take on the remaining $500k on Rivera’s contract. Rivera is scheduled to hit free agency after the season and currently carries a slash line of .244/.287/.439 to go along with four homeruns over 30 games this season.

Rivera has been limited this season due to injury.

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