ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers completed a five-player trade Saturday in which the Braves have acquired pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir, infielder Charlie Culberson, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and cash considerations in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp. The Braves have designated Gonzalez for assignment, putting their roster at 40 players.
A 34-year-old right-hander, McCarthy went 6-4 with a 3.98 ERA (41 ER/92.2 IP) in 19 games (16 starts) for the Dodgers last season, while missing time during three separate disabled list stints. He made one postseason appearance for the National League champion Dodgers, allowing two runs over an inning to take the loss during Game 2 of the World Series versus Houston. The 6-foot-7, 226-pounder began the season in the Dodgers rotation before going to the disabled list on May 5 with a dislocated left shoulder. McCarthy also missed 11 games from June 26-July 8 with right knee tendonitis and then 53 games from July 24-Sept. 22 with a blister on his right third finger.
Originally selected in the 17th round of the 2002 First-Year Player draft by Chicago (AL), McCarthy made his major league debut in 2005 with the White Sox. Texas acquired him the next year before he joined Oakland as a free agent in 2010. He also pitched for Arizona and New York (AL) before signing a four-year deal with Los Angeles prior to the 2015 season. The native of Glendale, Calif., owns a 63-72 career record and a 4.15 ERA (528 ERA/1,145.0 IP) in 240 games, 182 starts.
Culberson, 28, split last season between the Dodgers and their Triple-A team at Oklahoma City, before making the club’s league championship and World Series roster. The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Rome, Ga., appeared in 10 games during the Dodgers’ run through the postseason, hitting .500 (8 for 16) with three extra-base hits. Culberson, who bats and throws right-handed, first joined the Dodgers in September, and had two hits in 13 at-bats (.154) over 15 games.
San Francisco selected Culberson in the first round (51st overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, and he made his major league debut in 2012 with the Giants. Colorado traded for him in 2012 before he signed a minor-league deal with Los Angeles in 2015. Over 197 major league games, Culberson owns a .231 average (95-for-411), while making appearances at first base (four games, three starts), second base (42 games, 30 starts), third base (37 games, 20 starts), shortstop (45 games, 22 starts) and left field (29 games, 20 starts).
Kazmir, 33, did not pitch in the majors last season due to a left hip injury. He made three rehabilitation starts with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in June and July, but the Dodgers never activated him from the disabled list. The left-hander then made one more relief appearance during a rehabilitation assignment with the Quakes in September, but finished the season on the 60-day disabled list.
A three-time All-Star and former first-round pick of New York (NL) in 2002, Kazmir joined the Dodgers prior to the 2016 season on a three-year deal. He made 26 starts and won 10 games for the club in the first year of his contract and over his 12 major league seasons, the 6-foot, 195-pound native of Houston, Texas, owns a 108-96 career record and a 4.01 ERA (752 ER/1689.2 IP) in 298 games, 297 starts. His 108 wins are the seventh most among active left-handed pitchers.
Kemp, 33, was acquired by the Braves from the San Diego Padres in July 2016. He hit .278 with 31 homers and 103 RBI in 171 games for Atlanta.