Kemp's inability to stay healthy was ultimately his downfall with the Dodgers, as he never had another season that productive in LA.
Kemp was reportedly acquired from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for fan favorite Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Charlie Culberson plus cash considerations. He may be moved in a smaller trade, although the Dodgers may have to include a premium prospect to get a team to pick up his contract. For the Dodgers, it's all about getting underneath the luxury tax in advance of the 2018 season.
Kemp is owed about $43 million over the next two seasons.
The Dodgers have exceeded the collective-bargaining tax threshold - the so-called "luxury tax" - in each of the past five seasons, paying an estimated $148 million in tax on top of their annual MLB-high payrolls - including approximately $34 million for 2017 even though their payroll decreased for a third consecutive season.
Charlie Culberson was signed as free agent prior to the 2016 season.
Gonzalez gave thanks to the Dodgers organization and the team's fans, while also noting that the move was more about him becoming a free agent in order to see what other opportunities could be out there for him to take advantage of.
The best part of this trade for the Dodgers is dealing the bad contracts of Gonzalez, Kazmir, and McCarthy in the deal.
The Braves have confirmed the trade via their official Twitter account. With the Miami Marlins headed for a awful 2018 campaign the Braves can, at the very least, show their fanbase that not only are they no longer the worst team in the National League East, but that their future is brighter than it has been in a long time.
The Dodgers reportedly sent $4.5 million to balance the two salary dumps.