In a move that has stunned many Dodgers fans, the team has traded first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, infielder Charlie Culberson and pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy to the Atlanta Braves. In return the Dodgers will get outfielder Matt Kemp — who was traded to the San Diego Padres before the 2016 season.
Both teams are trying to reduce their payrolls and as a result Gonzalez will be designated for assignment on Monday. The Dodgers are expected to do the same with Kemp.
The Braves see McCarthy and Kazmir filling roles in their starters and Culberson as a good player to come in off the bench.
The news was initially broke by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and more information was provided by tweets from Mark Bowman of MLB.com and Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.
Rosenthal also tweeted the Dodgers have been paying the luxury tax for five straight seasons and this trade will lower the team’s penalty for being over the $197 million limit. Gonzalez waived his no trade clause after being told he would see limited playing time in 2018.
Photos by Claudia Gestro
Top photo: Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp
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