Brewers outfielder and NL MVP candidate Carlos Gomez was taken out of tonight’s game against the Reds after making a spectacular catch against the wall in center field in the top of the fourth inning. Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips led off the inning by drilling a fastball to straightaway center. Gomez leaped and grabbed the ball before crashing directly under the 400-foot marker. He was taken out of the game and replaced by Logan Schafer.
When Gomez got up, he was clutching at his hip, but the team reported the injury was actually a right knee sprain, according to Tom Haudricourt. Gomez will undergo an MRI tomorrow.
Update: Via MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, the Brewers seem optimistic that the injury isn’t too serious.
Gomez entered tonight’s game with 5.8 WAR, the second-best in the National League according to FanGraphs, just behind Andrew McCutchen at 5.9. A stint on the disabled list would likely dash Gomez’s NL MVP hopes.
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.