Braves acquire Matt Kemp, ship Hector Olivera to San Diego

by Linda Olson August 2, 2016, 0:34
Braves acquire Matt Kemp, ship Hector Olivera to San Diego

The Braves are doing the unthinkable - they are trading Hector Olivera.

Olivera hit.211 in six games with the Braves this season before getting suspended. The right-handed hitter is now on the restricted list serving an 82-game suspension from Major League Baseball for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

The deal would reportedly be a swap of Kemp and Braves outfielder Hector Olivera. We want to win every night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced. Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of his arrival.

Matt Kemp has somewhat fallen from grace since losing the MVP vote to Ryan Braun in 2011.

A major-league source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated earlier this afternoon that a deal sending Kemp to the Braves was not close, meaning that the deal came together quickly over the last couple of hours. Atlanta has the worst record when you talk about baseball.

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Kemp is owed $21.75 million for each of the next three seasons, with the Dodgers paying $3.5 million of that. The Cuban defector was acquired by Atlanta a year ago in a trade that sent LHP Alex Wood and then-top prospect Jose Peraza to the Dodgers. He is in Year 2 of a six-year, $62.5 million deal that will also pay him until the age of 35. Though Kemp may not be the best outfielder, and will cost the Braves about $8.5 million more than Olivera, they ultimately had to weigh the pros and cons.

Matt Kemp's time in San Diego is officially over. It took several days to consummate the trade because Kemp had to be cleared medically. The Dodgers traded him some four months after signing him, swallowing a $28 million signing bonus and his first year's salary.

This trade made financial sense with both teams trying to shed expensive contracts of players no longer fitting long-term plans.

Olivera hit.214 with one homer in 12 games for two minor league teams on his rehab assignment and was 4-for-35 (.114) in nine games at Triple-A Gwinnett.

Olivera, who was moved from third base to left field before the start of spring training, hit.245 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 30 games with Atlanta.

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