Dodgers acquire Matt Kemp in multi-player trade with Braves

Dodgers Shed Salary In Five-Player Trade With Braves

He played for them from 2006-14, hitting 182 home runs, which is fourth in Dodgers' history.

Gonzalez (back) was traded to the Braves along with Scott Kazmir (hip), Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash in exchange for Matt Kemp on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

This time around, however, Kemp represents financial relief rather than a cornerstone player.

For the Dodgers this deal gives the organization more breathing room as it pertains to the luxury tax, allowing them to better pursue free agents in the 2018 offseason.

As serial offenders, the Dodgers paid a 50 percent penalty for exceeding the tax threshold and the collective bargaining agreement reached a year ago makes it even more punitive to continue exceeding that threshold including potential draft pick penalties. A healthy Gonzalez will look to catch on with another team and turn things around in 2018, though his days as a reliable fantasy option may be over. Atlanta's 40-man roster is now full.

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.

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Gonzalez was set to make $22.36 million next season, Kazmir $17.66 million and McCarthy $11.5 million, ESPN reported. Their current rotation lines up with left-handers Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Rich Hill and Hyun-jin Ryu, along with right-hander Kenta Maeda.

Heading to the Winter Meetings this week, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman asserted that the reigning National League champions had little "heavy lifting" to do this offseason.

Kazmir, who sat out the entire 2017 season, and McCarthy are entering the final year of their respective contracts. At 33 years old, he is coming off another down (and injury-plagued season).

Gonzalez, who is still owed $21 million next season, is expected to clear waivers and become a free agent within the week.

Kemp, 33, was acquired by the Braves from the San Diego Padres in July 2016.

And in a 13-player, three-team deal in 2015 that netted them Wood, the Dodgers took on first baseman Michael Morse and the $8.5 million Morse was due in 2016.

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