SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres today announced they have acquired infielder/outfielder Hector Olivera from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp and cash considerations. Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller made the announcement.
Olivera, 31, has hit .211 (4-for-19) in six games for Atlanta this season. The right-handed hitter is currently on the restricted list serving an 82-game suspension from Major League Baseball for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. The Cuba native was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent in March 2015 before being acquired by the Braves in July last year. Over 10 professional seasons in Cuba (2003-11, 2013) he hit .323 (904-for-2800) with 167 doubles, 27 triples, 96 home runs, 433 RBI and 619 runs scored with 55 stolen bases in 642 games played.
Kemp, 31, has hit .262 (107-for-409) with 24 doubles, 23 home runs, 69 RBI and 54 runs scored in 100 games played for San Diego this season. The outfielder was acquired by the Padres from the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a five-player transaction in December 2014. Originally signed by the Dodgers as a sixth-round selection in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, he has hit .286 (1453-for-5074) with 270 doubles, 36 triples, 228 home runs, 817 RBI and 784 runs scored in 1,370 games played over parts of 11 Major League seasons with the Dodgers (2006-14) and Padres (2015-16).
With today's transactions the Padres currently have 24 active players on their 25-man roster and 36 on their 40-man roster.