The Braves dump the $36 million they owed Kemp over the last two years of his contract, while the move allows the Dodgers to remain under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold by moving the salaries of Gonzalez, Kazmir ($16 million) and McCarthy ($10 million), who are all entering the final year of their contracts. Get the app and get the game.
Kemp was still technically to be paid by the Dodgers for the next two seasons on a contract worth over $43 million. The Braves nearly immediately designated Gonzalez for assignment, which makes him a free agent.
Kemp, 33, is reunited with the Dodgers. He hit his 1,500th career double and became the first Braves player to have a three home run game since 2008. The 6-foot-7, 226-pounder began the season in the Dodgers rotation before going to the disabled list on May 5 with a dislocated left shoulder.
Instead, they did some heavy dumping. After sitting on the sidelines during the recent winter meetings, the Dodgers moved quickly to dump almost $50 million in salary committed to Gonzalez, Kazmir and McCarthy for 2018.
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As for the Braves this was all about clearing Kemp's salary off their books and taking on three players whom are at the end of their respective contract. Culberson gives them a solid utility man for the bench, while Gonzalez may find himself being designated for assignment with the first base position filled with perennial All-Star Freddie Freeman.
The Braves have confirmed the trade via their official Twitter account.
Gonzalez is expected to be waived by the Braves by Wednesday, freeing him to sign with any team. With the Miami Marlins headed for a terrible 2018 campaign the Braves can, at the very least, show their fanbase that not only are they no longer the worst team in the National League East, but that their future is brighter than it has been in a long time.
Culberson, 28, split last season between the Dodgers and their Triple-A team at Oklahoma City, before making the club's league championship and World Series roster.