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Brian McCann lands on the disabled list with a knee injury

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The Astros announced a handful of roster moves on Monday. Recently acquired reliever Tyler Clippard was activated, the contract of catcher Max Stassi was purchased from Triple-A Fresno, pitcher Reymin Guduan was optioned to Fresno, pitcher Jordan Jankowski was designated for assignment, and catcher Brian McCann was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right knee soreness.

McCann, 33, had been struggling since the start of the second half, owning a .162 average with a .574 OPS over 18 games dating back to July 14. He joins fellow catcher Evan Gattis on the disabled list, meaning Juan Centeno and Max Stassi will handle things behind the dish for the time being.

The Astros enter Monday night’s game against the Diamondbacks with the American League’s best record at 72-45, holding a comfortable 12-game lead over the Angels for first place in the AL West.

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, 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.