Padres trade Matt Kemp to Braves for Hector Olivera

San Diego acquired Kemp, a two-time All-Star outfielder with the Dodgers, from Los Angeles in December 2014.

The San Diego Padres continued their recent exodus of players by trading outfielder Matt Kemp to the Atlanta Braves for third baseman Hector Olivera on Saturday. The Dodgers traded him some four months after signing him, swallowing a $28 million signing bonus and his first year's salary. The Padres actually sent cash to the Braves in the deal, but will save some money in the long-term based on the difference in the salaries between Kemp and Olivera.

Kemp, 31, is owed $21.5MM in each of the next three seasons, and the Padres are on the hook for $18MM of that sum on an annual basis. He is now batting.262 with 23 homers and 69 RBIs, and for a team lacking in power, he will be a tremendous boost. Olivera played only six games before being suspended under the league's domestic violence policy.

What remains of Kemp's tools is power, along with name recognition.

The Braves owe Olivera just under $30 million through 2020. He is in Year 2 of a six-year, $62.5 million deal that will also pay him until the age of 35. In a total of 30 games (108 PA), he has posted a.245/.296/.378 slash line with two home runs and 13 RBI. It's a sign that we aren't happy losing and we aren't trying to finish with the worst record so that we can get the first pick. Olivera defected from Cuba in 2014 to begin a career in Major League Baseball.

San Diego also announced the club has designated Olivera for assignment.

It was common knowledge that the Padres were looking for creative ways to create room in the outfield for top prospects like Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe, and nurture the growth they have seen this season from Travis Jankowski and Alex Dickerson. He was batting.114 in nine games with one RBI at Triple-A Gwinnett during his Major League Baseball "rehab" assignment.

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