Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Los Angeles Dodgers Acquire Matt Kemp, Sign Tom Koehler

Los Angeles Dodgers Acquire Matt Kemp, Sign Tom Koehler

The trade appears to be an attempt by the Dodgers to shed payroll, and Kemp's second go-round in L.A. could be short-lived.

The Dodgers snuck under the $197 million luxury tax threshold, while the Braves open an outfield spot for top prospect Ronald Acuna.

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.

Kemp will come back to the club he played for to begin his career; he played his first nine seasons for the Dodgers. 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 past year. In exchange, the Dodgers acquired catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. However, the 33-year-old Kemp did spend some time on the disabled list last season, and his overall production is trending downwards. The Dodgers have been slapped with luxury tax penalties over the past five seasons.

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Kemp was still technically to be paid by the Dodgers for the next two seasons on a contract worth over $43 million.

McCarthy, 34, was 6-4 with a 3.98 ERA in 19 games (16 starts) for the Dodgers last season, missing half the season for blister problems before returning late in the season with his 94-mph fastball intact and a new slider to go with it.

He leaves Atlanta having batted.276/.318/.463, but, for the first time in his major league career he did not steal any bases.

The Dodgers reportedly sent $4.5 million to balance the two salary dumps. According to ESPN's report, the team made immediately trade Kimp to further lower payroll after dumping almost $50 million in salary committed to Gonzalez, Kazmir and McCarthy for 2018. Gonzalez was designated for assignment.

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