Atlanta Braves outfielder Matt Kemp is returning to Los Angeles, after being dealt to the Dodgers.
According to ESPN, he was sent out west in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir and Charlie Culberson, as well as cash considerations.
Kemp, 33, has two years remaining on his deal and will make $21.75 million in each of the next two seasons. He previously played for the Dodgers from 2006 to 2014, hitting 182 home runs — fourth-most in Los Angeles history.
Despite the trade, its unclear if he will even play in Los Angeles. According to ESPN’s report, the team made immediately trade Kimp to further lower payroll after dumping nearly $50 million in salary committed to Gonzalez, Kazmir and McCarthy for 2018.
“I was very open and honest with him about what the future might hold,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told reporters. “It’s just too difficult to say, definitively, at this point.”
After making the deal, the Dodgers — who had baseball’s highest payroll last season at $240 million — has moved below the luxury tax threshold of $197 million.
The Braves had similar intentions with the deal, as they acquired players with expiring contracts.
“It puts us in an even greater financial position going forward and going into next offseason as well,” said Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos.