The Dodgers and Reds completed a blockbuster trade on Friday. The deal sends outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, along with pitcher Alex Wood and backup catcher Kyle Farmer to Cincinnati. In return Los Angeles receives pitcher Homer Bailey and two prospects.
Full trade: Kemp, Puig, Wood, Kyle Farmer and $7M to #Reds for Bailey and prospects Josiah Gray and Jeter Downs.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 21, 2018
The Dodgers are expected to release Bailey when the deal is finalized. Many believe the Dodgers made the move to free up money so they could make a run at free agent Bryce Harper.
In the wake of this trade, #Dodgers can do many other things besides take a run at Harper. They can sign free-agent A.J. Pollock and/or trade for #Marlins’ Realmuto or one of #Indians’ starting pitchers. Many ways they can go.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 21, 2018
Talk about an early Christmas present for Reds fans. They’re getting three players from the Dodgers that played key roles in Los Angeles’ back-to-back World Series runs.
Cincinnati still has some work to do, but this is a pretty good start on getting the franchise back on track.