The Dodgers surprised the baseball world on Saturday when they traded Adrian Gonzalez, Charlie Culberson, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, and cash considerations to the Braves for Matt Kemp. The trade does a lot for both teams involved, but is really a huge salary dump for the Dodgers.
Los Angeles was set to pay around $50 million for Gonzalez, Kazmir, and McCarthy in 2018, so getting rid of that is a huge win. However, it is very sad to see Adrian Gonzalez go. “El Titan” spent six seasons with the Dodgers and was excellent for the most part. He put up a slash line of .280/.339/.454 and hit 101 home runs with Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, injuries plagued Adrian’s 2017 season and it was really all downhill from there. In 71 games, Gonzalez had a slash line of .242/.287/.355 and hit just three home runs. Then, after doing so well with the Dodgers for so long, it was heartbreaking to see injuries keep him from being on the postseason roster.
Something to note is that Adrian Gonzalez had a no-trade clause, meaning that he had to approve of this trade. Here is what he had to say about it:
Who knows where he will end up, but hopefully Adrian Gonzalez can come back in 2018 as healthy as ever. We here at Dodgers Nation are rooting for you, A-Gon!