The Padres have agreed to trade OF Matt Kemp to the Braves in exchange for OF/3B Hector Olivera.
The deal will become official as soon as both players complete their physicals. The Padres are sending Atlanta $10-12 million to cover part of Kemp's salary. The Braves have been wanting to move on from Olivera since his arrest in April and the Padres are trying to turn all their big league assets into prospects, so the deal works for both sides. Kemp will be playing in a more hitter-friendly park in Atlanta but RBI opportunities could be scarce in a depleted Braves lineup. Ultimately this shouldn't have a drastic impact on his fantasy value.
Ryan Braun (side) was a late scratch Saturday against the Pirates.
Braun was hoping to return after missing two games with right side tightness but apparently the injury is still lingering. His absence has nothing to do with recent trade rumors. Ramon Flores will take over in left field and bat seventh against Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon. Consider Braun day-to-day.
Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Puig made a pinch-hitting appearance on Friday night but the Dodgers are going to play it safe by keeping him out one more day. Andrew Toles will take his spot in right field and bat seventh against D'Backs right-hander Braden Shipley. Manager Dave Roberts said he expects Puig to return for Sunday's series finale.
Cubs optioned RHP Justin Grimm to Triple-A Iowa.
The move opens a roster spot for Sunday's starter, Brian Matusz. The Cubs' bullpen has gotten crowded over the last week with Aroldis Chapman and Mike Montgomery both arriving in separate trades. Grimm holds a 4.72 ERA over 45 appearances this year.
Carlos Rodon (wrist) will return Sunday against the Twins.
Manager Robin Ventura had been leaning that way all week but he didn't make the official call until Saturday. Rodon has been out with a sprained wrist since July 5. He scattered five hits and two runs over 3 2/3 innings Monday in a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte.