Charlie Culberson

Dodgers cut projected tax payroll next year to $181 million

The Los Angeles Dodgers brought their projected 2018 payroll under the $197 million luxury tax threshold with the weekend trade that sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, oft-injured starting pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy and infielder Charlie Culberson to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Matt Kemp.

Los Angeles will send Atlanta $4.5 million by May 1 as part of the trade announced Saturday, cutting its 2018 payroll for tax purposes by $25 million to about $181 million while increasing its 2019 payroll by $20 million.

The Dodgers rid themselves of three guaranteed salaries from next year's tax payroll that totaled $49,554,483: Gonzalez at $22 million, Kazmir at...

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