Egger: Reds' aggressiveness, Yasiel Puig are exciting departures from the usual

Sherman Parsons
December 22, 2018

The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, catcher Kyle Farmer, and starting pitcher Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for starting pitcher Homer Bailey, prospects Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray, and possibly worldwide signing bonus money according to multiple reports.

The Dodgers will also give the Reds $7 million in cash as part of the deal. Still, many Dodgers fans saw the Reds trade as a clear signal that Harper is coming, and there's already an expectation that Harper will be in Los Angeles next season. He's in the final year of a seven-year, $42-million deal. Kemp, Puig and Wood have all been traded to Cincinnati...

Bailey's contract is set to pay him $23 million in 2019 and $25 million in 2020 (or a $5 million buyout), but the Dodgers are expected to release him, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Over 146 games, he hit.290/.338/.481 (121 OPS+) with 21 homers and 85 RBIs, earning his third All-Star berth while winning the Players Choice NL Comeback Player of the Year. Of course, Cody Bellinger, Kiké Hernandez and Chris Taylor all saw regular time in the outfield as well.

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Harper joining the Dodgers on the mega-deal that he reportedly seeks should not be viewed as a foregone conclusion.

Yasiel Puig's time in Los Angeles is over.

The trade will open up room under the luxury-tax threshold for the Dodgers. If they want to stay under the luxury-tax payroll, they will not be able to sign Harper for his desired $300 million. The point is, today's trade gives a team that has made back-to-back World Series flexibilty to get better in a number of ways.

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