In swap of bad contracts, the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves are sending outfielders to each other. The Padres are getting Hector Olivera, while the Braves get Matt Kemp, assuming the medicals check out.
There Padres are also sending $10 to $12 million to the Braves in the deal.
The 31-year-old Kemp is owed $21.5 million for each of the next three years, with the Dodgers picking up the tab for $3.5 million in each year. The 31-year-old Olivera is owed $28.5 million overall through the 2020 season.
Kemp still has power, with 24 home runs this season. However, he's a defensive liability and has a poor slash line of .262/.285/.489.
Olivera started at third, but poor defense shifted him to the outfield. In just 108 plate appearances in the majors, he has a slash line of .245/.296/.378. He is also suspended until August 1st because of a domestic violence charge from April.
Interestingly enough, both Olivera and Kemp were originally acquired in deals with the Dodgers. The Padres are considering DFA'ing Olivera.
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