Matt Kemp hit 31 homers in a Braves uniform.
Photo: ccompton@ajc.com/Curtis Compton
Photo: ccompton@ajc.com/Curtis Compton

Former Braves outfielder Matt Kemp released by Reds


The Cincinnati Reds have released former Braves outfielder Matt Kemp.

Kemp is in the final season of a $160 million, eight-year contract.

The move came just over four months after the Reds acquired the 2018 All-Star from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kemp played two seasons for the Braves, finishing with 12 homers and 39 RBIs in 2016 in 56 games after being acquired from the Padres, and 19 homers and 64 RBIs in 115 games in 2017.

The Braves traded Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir and Charlie Culberson in December of 2017.

"It puts us in an even greater financial position going forward and going into next offseason as well," Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos said of the trade at the time.

The Braves also got six wins from McCarthy last season and Culberson has been a valuable and versatile backup since the deal.

Kemp hit .200 with one homer and five RBIs with the Reds this season before Cincinnati placed him on the injured list April 23 with a broken left rib. Kemp was injured colliding with an outfield wall in San Diego.

The 34-year-old was among four players acquired from Los Angeles in a seven-player trade in December along with outfielder Yasiel Puig, infielder Kyle Farmer and left-hander Alex Wood.

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