The Atlanta Braves traded outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir and Charlie Culberson, the teams announced Saturday. The Braves, who also received cash considerations in the deal, immediately designated Gonzalez for assignment after the veteran waived his no-trade clause since Atlanta already is set at first base with Freddie Freeman.

There also is the question of whether Kemp, who is owed about $43 million over the next two seasons, will even play for the Dodgers. He could again be traded as Los Angeles tries to further lower payroll after moving quickly to dump nearly $50 million in salary committed to Gonzalez, Kazmir and McCarthy for 2018. With the deal, Los Angeles, which had baseball’s highest payroll last season at $240 million, has gotten below the luxury tax threshold of $197 million. After five seasons on the wrong side of the threshold, the Dodgers were penalized 50 percent on every dollar spent above the luxury tax figure last season.

The deal made sense for the Braves, too, since the players they acquired all have expiring contracts. Gonzalez, McCarthy and Kazmir were all set to enter the final years of their respective contracts in 2018. Gonzalez was set to make $22.36 million; Kazmir, $17.66 million; and McCarthy, $11.5 million. Kemp, 33, has two years remaining on his deal and will make $21.75 million in each of the next two seasons. He hit .276 with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs last season. He returns to the Dodgers, where he played from 2006 to 2014 and hit 182 home runs, fourth-most in Los Angeles history.

A team source told The Athletic that the Braves moved Kemp, in part, to create an open spot in the lineup for top outfield prospect Ronald Acuna. He was the MVP of the Arizona Fall League and Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year.

The 35-year-old Gonzalez, who has 311 career home runs, helped the Dodgers win five straight National League West division titles after being acquired from the Boston Red Sox in August 2012. He was an All-Star in 2015 and led the NL in RBIs in 2014 but went on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his back last season for the first time in his career. He was usurped at first base by NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger. Gonzalez hit .242 in just 71 games in 2017 — his fewest since 2005, when he saw action in 43 games.

McCarthy went 6-4 with 72 strikeouts and a 3.98 ERA for the Dodgers last season, going on the disabled list three times with multiple injuries. He was 11-7 with a 4.51 ERA in 29 starts over three seasons with Los Angeles. The 34-year-old right-hander missed most of 2015 and 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said he sees McCarthy being in the Braves’ rotation, which needs a veteran arm after not re-signing knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and releasing Bartolo Colon during last season.

Kazmir, who has a 108-96 career record, did not play last season because of a hip injury. The 33-year-old left-hander went 10-6 with a 4.56 ERA in 26 starts in 2016, his first with the Dodgers. Culberson, 28, split last season between the Dodgers and Triple-A Oklahoma City. The utility man played 10 games during the team’s postseason run to the World Series. He is known for a pair of memorable homers — a game-ending homer against Colorado in the 2016 regular-season finale that clinched the NL West title and a shot in Game 2 of the World Series last season.

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