The ugly, short-lived Hector Olivera era in Atlanta has ended unceremoniously.
The 31-year-old rookie outfielder is heading to the San Diego Padres as the Atlanta Braves acquired veteran outfielder Matt Kemp in a swap of overpriced contracts. The deal is pending physicals for both players.
Olivera, a high-profile international signing by the Los Angeles Dodgers before being traded to Atlanta last summer, played just 30 games in a Braves uniform, hitting .245/.296/.378 before being suspended 82 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The suspension stemmed from his arrest in Arlington, Va., on misdemeanor assault and battery charges against a woman at the team’s hotel in April. Olivera’s suspension is set to end on Aug. 1.
The move allows the Braves to turn the page on arguably the worst personnel move of the John Hart-John Coppolella front office partnership to date, an acquisition that never truly fit the team’s contention timeline. The Braves traded Alex Wood, Jose Peraza and Jim Johnson to Los Angeles in the Olivera trade, while also receiving pitchers Paco Rodriguez and Zack Bird from the Dodgers and the Miami Marlins’ compensation-round draft pick that eventually became Joey Wentz.
Escaping the dark cloud hanging over Olivera’s potential return did not come without a price.
Kemp, 31, is far removed from finishing second in the 2011 National League MVP
Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/south/story/braves-trade-hector-olivera-to-padres-for-matt-kemp-073016
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