Dodgers Bring Back Matt Kemp In Blockbuster Deal

Lynette Rowe
December 17, 2017

Adrian Gonzalez, who spent the past six seasons in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform, tweeted a farewell to the organisation, his team-mates and fans in the wake of the surprise trade sending him to the Atlanta Braves.

The Braves announced they have designated Gonzalez for assignment. Los Angeles was looking to reduce baseball's highest payroll of $240 million last season as a way of lowering exposure to higher luxury taxes. 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. 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.

That's a swap of five players and a lot of bad contracts. He played for them from 2006-14, hitting 182 home runs, which is fourth in Dodgers' history.

The 33-year-old Kemp hit.276 with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs last season.

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But Gonzalez said he realised "there might not be a spot on the roster for me".

The 35-year-old Gonzalez helped the Dodgers win five straight National League West division titles.

All four of the Dodgers that were dealt will be missed, and we want to wish them the best of luck moving forward!

Gonzalez, who is still owed $21 million next season, is expected to clear waivers and become a free agent within the week. He did not pitch past year due to a hip injury. McCarthy was 11-7 with a 4.51 ERA in 29 starts over three seasons with the Dodgers.

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