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Report: Astros acquire Tyler Clippard from the White Sox

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Astros have acquired reliever Tyler Clippard from the White Sox. This marks the second time in less than a month that Clippard has been traded. The Yankees sent him to the White Sox on July 19 as part of the Todd Frazier deal.

Clippard, 32, has an aggregate 4.27 ERA with a 54/24 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings. He has pitched well for the White Sox, yielding only two runs in 10 innings since the trade.

Clippard is owed the remainder of his $4.25 million salary for the season and can become a free agent after the season. He’ll help bolster the Astros’ bullpen behind closer Ken Giles for the final month and a half of the regular season as well as the playoffs.

Dodgers acquire Matt Kemp in five-player trade with Braves

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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.