The Los Angeles Dodgers signed a major deal on Friday that would save a significant amount of money by 2019 and eliminate some surplus from their main league ranking.
Launching launcher Alex Wood, field fielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, and substitute catcher Kyle The farmers are heading to the Cincinnati Reds, announced the Dodgers, in exchange for the bloated contract of struggling starter pitcher Homer Bailey and two prospective buyers. The Dodgers are reported to pay the Reds $ 7 million as part of the deal.
The deal would save the Dodgers about $ 15 million from their luxury tax payroll for 2020 and provide enough space in their outfield. They may be tracking free agent Bryce Harper or other targets.
Puig, Kemp, Wood and Bailey can all be free agents at the end of the season.
Tucker Banhart, Reds catcher, responded to trade with a one-word tweet, "Woah."
The #Reds has acquired LHP Alex Wood, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, IF / C Kyle Farmer and Cash from the Dodgers in return for RHP Homer Bailey and minor Leader IF Jeter Downs and RHP Josiah Gray , pic.twitter.com/IjJusbl0Ud
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) December 21, 2018
Puig, who has been the subject of trade rumors for several years, is expected to spend about $ 11 million in his country The last year of arbitration is being united with Turner Ward, his beloved beating coach with the Dodgers.
Puig, 28, has not been able to keep the promise he has flashed as a beginner, but still struggled with .264 / .337 / .490 in 277 games in the last two years and is still able to win gold Defend glove caliber.
Kemp, 34, returned to his career after returning to the Dodgers in 2018 and made the All-Star team to finish 818 OPS despite fading in the second half.
Wood, a 27-year-old left-hander, went 26-14 with a 3.29 era in 364 1/3 innings at the Dodgers of the past three years, but was a farmer, 28, scoring in 23 games in 33 games Backup Catcher of the Dodgers .265.
The Dodgers also included shortstop jets Dow ns who was a first round (# 32) in 2017 draft and right-handed Josiah Gray, a second-round pick (# 72) who turned 21 last Friday ,
Downs, ranked first in the MLS system of the Reds, hit 257 with 13 home runs in A-Ball in 2018 and stole 37 bases in 47 attempts. Gray, who finished in 20th place, had a rally ball of 2.58 in 12 starts in Greeneville.
Despite trading, the Dodgers still have a lot of depth in their rotation and outfield. Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill will return in 2019. Ross Stripling and Julio Urias are also available. Outside, the Dodgers still have Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo in the corners, with Cody Bellinger, Enrique Hernandez and Cody Bellinger all options in the midfield.
But now, if you want, you can also add Harper to this mixture.