The Phillies killed the Braves. No one really cares about that. The big news is the two most immovable players in all of baseball were traded for each other.
All of you know the Hector Olivera saga. He was once a great Cuban talent who fell prey to the injury bug. Once he became eligible to play in the Major Leagues, there was a great bidding war. In the end, injuries, off the field issues and lack of ability will put in on the biggest busts of all time list. The Padres have reportedly already designated him for assignment.
In return the Braves pick up Matt Kemp and $10-12 million. He is under contract through 2019 and still has quite a bit of pop. However, he has an OBP of .285 and can play the outfield about as well as I can. I imagine if he can hit well over the next month, the Braves may be able to parlay him to an AL team needing a DH. The Braves have a giant gap on the left side of their defense now.
This is a good move for the Braves both on and off the field. Kemp gives Freeman some protection and if he can find his form, he probably can be moved for something. I highly doubt he is on the team next year though.
Olivera may be done as a professional baseball player in America.