Padres trade Matt Kemp to Braves for a player they then immediately cut

Five days ago, I ranked what I believed to be the 10 most untradeable players in baseball right now. Matt Kemp of the Padres checked in at No. 8 while Hector Olivera of the Braves was the top dog.

One way for teams to deal such terrible contracts? Just swap them out.

That’s what has happened, as the Padres have traded Kemp to the Braves in a one-for-one deal for Olivera. The move has been announced as official. The Padres have also, in turn, designated Olivera for assignment — which is tantamount to cutting him.

There is some cash going from the Padres to the Braves, $10M-$12M according to Dennis Lin. Basically, that’s how badly the Padres wanted to rid themselves of Kemp’s contract. They ate some of it in order to deal for a player they had zero interest in.

Kemp should have won the NL MVP in 2011 and was ridiculous (in a good way) to begin the 2012 season, but injuries derailed him in the ensuing few seasons and now he’s totally one-dimensional. He has 23 home runs and 69 RBI.

Past that, he’s pretty bad. His .285 on-base percentage is miserable and he’s struck out 100 times compared to just 16 walks. He is a total liability on defense with no range

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