Despite uncertain future, Matt Kemp grateful for second chance with Dodgers

Yet the Dodgers did not acquire Kemp with the intention of playing him in left field. His value arose from his contract. In return for Kemp, the Dodgers sent a four-player package that included Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy to Atlanta. The trade reset the Dodgers’ luxury-tax payroll, and will allow them to remain under the $197-million threshold in 2018, meaning they can pursue free agents like Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado next winter with greater freedom.