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Kemp might be the biggest miracle of all. The deal was more or less equal in salary commitments, except the Braves acquired all the expiring contracts while Kemp’s remaining $43 million was spread out over two seasons, allowing the Dodgers to get under the luxury tax for 2018.
I’m not saying I’m not more challenged this year than some other years, Carroll said. But I always feel like, ‘Man, this is my whole deal, to try to figure out how to recapture that.’
Gone are Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, and almost certainly Kam Chancellor. Earl Thomas is also staying away while he looks for a new contract. That’s a lot of production, but also a lot of the persona of the organization. That makes this offseason a hard reset whether Thomas gets his deal and comes back or not.
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