Sound familiar to the Yankees regarding clearing salary to stay under luxury tax.

The Dodgers want to be able to fit Darvish into their payroll while remaining under their luxury tax. They would also presumably like to remain flexible for deals that they may need to make during the 2018 regular season. For Darvish to return to the Dodgers, they need to move a contract like Matt Kemp’s. If the Dodgers want to trade Kemp, they may need to include a decent prospect to incentivize the team absorbing the lofty contract.