Well, this is an incredible turn of events!
The Atlanta Braves have traded outfielder Matt Kemp, but the stunning part is he's been dealt back to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In a swap of big contracts, the Braves have acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, left-hander Scott Kazmir, right-hander Brandon McCarthy and infielder Charlie Culberson in exchange for Kemp.
Wow: #Dodgers acquired outfielder Matt Kemp from the #Braves in exchange for first baseman Adrián González, pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash considerations.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 16, 2017
According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Braves have already designated Adrian Gonzalez for assignment.
The Braves have traded Matt Kemp to the Dodgers for Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Charlie Culberson and Adrian Gonzalez.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) December 16, 2017
Gonzalez has already been DFA’d. The significant cost savings for the Braves will come in 2019.
This is an odd deal for both teams, but the Dodgers will presumably save some money in 2018, while the Braves will save a considerable amount in 2019, which will free up a lot of money to make them potential players in next year's free agent class.
With the savings the Braves gain for 2019, they will now have an opportunity to be significant players on next year’s FA market. https://t.co/9ZniV200ks— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) December 16, 2017
This move gives the Dodgers an opportunity to spend money now to win in 2018, while the Braves achieve their goal of moving a veteran corner outfielder to clear a spot for top prospect Ronald Acuna.
This seems like #Braves get out of long money on Kemp in exchange for adding payroll for '18 on expiring deals for Gonzalez, Kazmir, McCarthy. #Dodgers have horizon to win now, spend $ now to win. Atl a year away will have better situation, plus Atl opens OF spot now for Acuna— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 16, 2017
The Dodgers are now under the luxury tax for 2018, which will reset heading into next year. This means they can also can be major players in a much-anticipated free agent class.
Both clubs seem to gain something in this deal, and for the Braves, they now have a couple of veteran starters, if healthy, who can be stopgaps for their young pitching that is percolating in the minor leagues.
Shocking move in the bigs here.