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Braves Just Gave the Dodgers a Financial Windfall in Kemp, Gonzalez, McCarthy Trade

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Today, the Dodgers and Braves made a trade that would have been enormous news five years ago:


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That’s a complicated trade, but my view looks something like this: the Braves are taking on more total money to “buy” Charlie Culberson and maybe get some productivity from Brandon McCarthy. The Dodgers, meanwhile, are getting Kemp’s $20 million AAV contract and giving up a TON in 2018 dollars so they cut their payroll (for luxury tax purposes) by a huge amount. This move may very well get them under the luxury tax limit for 2018. Then they’ll be able to go hog wild in the next free agent class with their penalty reset.

The Dodgers, by the way, were already paying some of Kemp’s salary from the original trade to the Padres, so this thing is going to get really complicated financially. But the short version remains: this is a great news for the Dodgers if they were planning on spending big next offseason.

As of this moment, I’m kinda hating the Braves. I get it from there perspective. But I’m kinda hating them.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.