Matt Kemp Traded to Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, More

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The trade gives Atlanta financial flexibility for next season.

Kemp was reportedly acquired from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for fan favorite Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Charlie Culberson plus cash considerations. Both Heyman and The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal speculated on Twitter that Kemp is not long for the Dodgers, with Rosenthal noting the size of the 2011 NL MVP runner-up's contract, which guarantees $43 million over the next two seasons.

However, they can trim further payroll by trading or releasing any of their eight arbitration-eligible players - candidates could include catcher Yasmani Grandal, utilityman Kike Hernandez, outfielder Joc Pederson and pitchers Tony Cingrani, Pedro Baez, Luis Avilan and Josh Fields - and replace them with players making at or just above the major league minimum.

This trade represents completely different philosophies for the Braves and the Dodgers.

Gonzalez, per reports, will be designated for assignment by the Braves. In total, Gonzalez has four Gold Gloves, two Silver Sluggers, and five All-Star appearances.

Kazmir only played with the Dodgers for one year. As at least a three-time luxury tax offender, the Dodgers will be taxed at a rate of 50% above the $195 million 2017 threshold - about $25 million.

McCarthy played for the Dodgers for three years of his career. He's 63-72 with a 4.15 ERA in 240 games (182 starts) over parts of 12 seasons. McCarthy posted a 3.98 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 72/27 K/BB ratio over 92 2/3 innings with the Dodgers in 2017. Gonzalez, owed $21.5 million by the Dodgers for the 2018 season, effectively lost his job as the team's starting first baseman to National League rookie of the year Cody Bellinger after missing significant time due to a back injury, leading the veteran to waive his no-trade clause for a chance to get regular at-bats.

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