UPDATE: Arnett underwent surgery today and is expected to miss 5-6 months.
Milwaukee’s first-round pick in 2009, right-hander Eric Arnett, injured his knee while working out recently and may need season-ending surgery.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Arnett is undergoing further testing to determine if he has a torn ACL, which would require a six-month recovery timetable.
Arnett was supposed to move through the minors quickly when the Brewers selected him 26th overall out of the University of Indiana, but instead he’s 25 years old and yet to throw a pitch above Single-A. He showed some promise in shifting from the rotation to the bullpen last season, but a lost year recovering from a knee injury could wipe away whatever remaining chance he had of a big-league career.
The Dodgers have pulled off their first blockbuster trade of the offseason, sending Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Charlie Culberson, Adrian Gonzalez and cash considerations to the Braves for Matt Kemp, per announcements from both teams. The Braves are set to designate Gonzalez for assignment on Monday, making him a free agent.
Kemp, 33, had a down year with the Braves in 2017, hitting a career-low -0.5 fWAR in 115 games with the club. At the plate, he slashed a modest .276/.318/.463 with 19 home runs and a .781 OPS through 467 plate appearances, but was hampered by a nagging left hamstring strain through most of the season. This will be his 10th campaign with the Dodgers.
Whether or not Kemp can rebound during his second stint in Los Angeles is almost beside the point, however. The deal is effectively a salary dump to end all salary dumps. Offloading multiple one-year contracts for McCarthy, Kazmir and Gonzalez should bring the Dodgers back under the $197 million luxury tax threshold and position them to make a run at some of the big fish in next year’s free agent pool. It’s also worth noting that they may not keep Kemp around for long — per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the club appears as likely to flip the veteran outfielder as they are to use him. As for the Braves, they not only rid themselves of the $43 million due Kemp through 2020, but added some rotation and infield depth with McCarthy and Culberson and can now give top prospect Ronald Acuna a legitimate tryout in left field.