Padres trade Matt Kemp to Braves

Matt Kemp

The San Diego Padres have been on a roll, trading away some of the veterans on the roster for big-name prospects. One player that most assumed the team wouldn’t be able to move was outfielder Matt Kemp, who has three years and $64.5 million left on his contract after this season.

The Atlanta Braves, much like the Padres, are building towards the future. Their interest in Matt Kemp, a veteran player, seemed strange until Mark Bowman from MLB.com explained who the Braves would be sending back.

Hector Olivera has been a dud for both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves, and has four years and $28.5 million left on his contract. He was suspended for 82 games in May of this year for violating MLB’s domestic abuse policy.

One benefit to moving Kemp will be the opening up of the starting Right Field position for the Padres. Hunter Renfroe, the team’s 1st Round draft pick in 2013, is hitting .321 with 25 HRs and 87 RBIs for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas this year.

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