There is a lot to unpackaged on the trade of Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Charlie Culberson for former Dodger darling, Matt Kemp. Whether Matt Kemp ever plays for the Dodgers again is in question. He could be flipped to an AL team in need of a DH. I think he has some value and I cannot just see him being released… unless his clubhouse demeanor is worse than I think… and I think it was pretty bad, but I also think like Andre Ethier, he may have grown up to some degree.
TAKE 1: FAZ Dumped over $30 million in salary for 2018 which gets them under the luxury tax threshold and means they could sign a big free agent next year (like Harper) if they want. Harry Houdini never got out of anything like this! This is one for the books. I am somewhat at a loss for words.
TAKE 2: I could see Kemp being flipped to a team who needs a DH, thus saving up to another $21 million and allowing a Yu Darvish to be acquired. Kemp could be flipped but I cannot see FAZ taking on a 5 to 6 year contract for Darvish.
TAKE 3: I could see Kemp staying and platooning in LF with Andrew Toles or Joc Pederson, who would also be his late-inning caddy. He could be rejuvenated back in LA and be a model citizen in the clubhouse and a platoon with Kemp and Toles or Joc could be very potent. Kike stays as the super-sub.
TAKE 4: FAZ could then trade Verdugo and Alvarez for Gerrit Cole who is controllable through 2020 and cheaper than Darvish. Darvish doesn’t cost prospects but will demand a big long-term deal. I see Cole being a better option. They still may have to move Grandal to keep under the $197 MILLION Luxury Tax Threshold.
TAKE 5: LA will be under the $197 threshold this year – that is a given NOW!
TAKE 6: Trayce Thompson was saved.
TAKE 7: No mater whether Kemp stays or goes, this is an incredible deal! Gonzo could end his career in SD or maybe come back to LA. The later would seem unlikely, but it is possible. Never underestimate THE FAZ!
This is epic! I can’t wait to see what happens next!