Dodgers trade Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood to Reds

22 December, 2018, 14:31 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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Three high-profile Dodgers include prized outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, along with starting pitcher Alex Wood.

The Los Angeles Dodgers completed a trade with the Cincinnati Reds that included Major League Baseball star Yasiel Puig and three-time All-star Matt Kemp.

Puig is a right fielder who's been trade bait for the Dodgers in previous years who's listed to make about $11 million in the final year of his contract.

Profar, who hit 20 homers while playing all four infield positions with Texas last season, was dealt to Oakland; the Rays acquired right-hander Rollie Lacy from the Rangers and right-hander Emilio Pagan and a 2019 draft pick from the A's; and the Rangers received four prospects from Tampa Bay and Oakland, plus $750,000 in worldwide slot compensation from the A's.

There has been a thread of thinking out there that Bryce Harper would like to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, not only because they are one of the closer teams to his home in Las Vegas, but also because they play in a town for stars, and they are annually extremely competitive.

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With the deal, the Dodgers will clear substantial amounts of money under the luxury-tax threshold by trading Kemp's $20 million hit this year. "But I do think we have some flexibility, and we'll figure out what makes the most sense for us as we move forward".

Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said following the deal that the Reds aren't done making moves.

Bailey went 1-14 last season with a 6.09 ERA.

Wood gives the Reds another upgrade to their young rotation, which has been their biggest weakness the last two seasons.

"Thanks to all Dodgers' fans for the love and support, I'm really going to miss you guys and I'll see you at spring training but this time with a different team!" he said. He hit.290 with 21 home runs and 85 RBIs in 146 games, posting an.818 OPS (his best since.852 in 2014).

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