The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired outfielder Matt Kemp from the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon in exchange for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, left-hander Scott Kazmir, right-hander Brandon McCarthy and shortstop Charlie Culberson, according to multiple reports.
Atlanta reportedly plans to designate the 35-year-old Gonzalez for assignment, which will make him a free agent. The trade puts the Dodgers’ payroll below the luxury-tax threshold of $197 million for next season.
Kemp also could be traded or released by the Dodgers after the cost-cutting deal. The 33-year-old outfielder played for the Dodgers from 2006 to 2014, but might not fit into a crowded outfield that includes Yasiel Puig, Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor, Joc Pederson and others.
Although his power numbers have dipped, Kemp remains an above-average hitter. He hit .276 with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs in 115 games last season for the Braves. He is owed $43 million over the next two seasons.
Atlanta picked up a pair of veteran starters in Kazmir and McCarthy who figure to bolster a rotation that is headlined by right-handers Julio Teheran and Mike Foltynewicz.
Kazmir, 33, was 10-6 with a 4.56 ERA in 26 starts for the Dodgers last season, which marked his first experience in the National League. The southpaw has a career record of 108-96 with a 4.01 ERA.
McCarthy, 34, was 6-4 with a 3.98 ERA in 19 games (16 starts) last season with Los Angeles. He has a career mark of 63-72 with a 4.15 ERA. Popular on social media, he has garnered more than 200,000 followers on Twitter.
Culberson, 28, is the youngest player in the deal. He hit .154 with one RBI in 15 games during the regular season, but he was pressed into service in the playoffs because of an injury to Corey Seager. Culberson hit .455 (5 of 11) with two doubles and a triple during the seven-game NLCS against the Chicago Cubs, and he hit .600 (3 of 5) with a home run during the World Series against the Houston Astros.
Cody Bellinger could be the full-time first baseman for the Dodgers now that Gonzalez is out of the picture. Gonzalez, who will turn 36 in May, hit .242 with three home runs and 30 RBIs in 71 games last season.