The Atlanta Braves announced a big trade Saturday afternoon, shipping outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers for four players.
In return, the Braves will receive pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir, infielder Charlie Culberson and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, in addition to cash considerations. Gonzalez was immediately designated for assignment, meaning he’ll be sent to the minors because Atlanta’s 40-man roster is already full.
Kemp will be reunited with his old team, as he played for the Dodgers from 2006 to 2014. He was acquired by the Braves via trade on July 30, 2016, and played his first full season with the club in 2017.
This makes five Dodgers that have been acquired by new Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos since he took over the position last month. All four Dodgers acquired in this trade are on one-year deals, so they’re basically moving 2019 money they expected to pay Kemp to their 2018 payroll.
It’s also worth noting that the trade frees up a spot in left field, and the Braves believe outfielder Ronald Acuña – one of the franchise’s top prospects, if not their top prospect – might compete for a starting role in 2018. If Acuña is ready to perform, and the Braves think he might be, Kemp’s departure could be the first step to making the youngster’s major-league debut a reality.Follow @Sean_Breslin