Just when we thought Matt Kemp was untradeable, especially among National League teams, it appears that Padres GM A.J. Preller has found a way. There’s been a flurry of tweets. Jim Bowden says Padres are working hard to get Matt Kemp’s salary off the books.
Padres working hard to trade Matt Kemp and are willing to pay most of salary. The Braves are one of two teams in... https://t.co/DZWFHIBzHG— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) July 30, 2016
Jon Heyman says the Braves, who are left-handed heavy, need a right handed bat and they’re considering a salary swap for Hector Olivera. It’s now in the “serious stages”.
Yes, the Hector Olivera who was suspended 82 games without pay for domestic abuse.
Hector Olivera was suspended 82 games for assaulting a woman. Don’t let him and Padres skate because he’s a lower profile player— Neil Weinberg (@NeilWeinberg44) July 30, 2016
The deal is now all but done, pending a physical.
The Padres would be sending cash to the Braves, but still saving money and they’d be able to free up an outfield spot for young talent.
Trading Upton/Kemp allows #Padres to look at Dickerson/Jankowsk nowi, soon Renfroe, eventually Margot.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 30, 2016
And if the Padres do go through with the deal, Dennis Lin is saying that the Padres may consider designating Hector Olivera for assignment immediately. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one. I guess it all depends on just how much of the Kemp’s salary the Braves are willing to take on.
Sounds like, if trade is completed, Padres would consider DFA'ing Olivera.— Dennis Lin (@sdutdennislin) July 30, 2016
Whatever is happening, it’s happening quick. Hector Olivera has been pulled off the field of his minor league game.
And it’s done.