The Los Angeles Dodgers accomplished a significant trade Friday that might save a big amount of cash for 2019 and clear some surplus from their main league roster.
Beginning pitcher Alex Wood, outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig and backup catcher Kyle Farmer are headed to the Cincinnati Reds, the Dodgers introduced, in trade for the bloated contract of struggling beginning pitcher Homer Bailey and two prospects.
The Dodgers can even be sending $7 million to the Reds as a part of the trade, in accordance to experiences. Additionally headed to Los Angeles are shortstop Jeter Downs, who was a first-round choose (No. 32) within the 2017 draft, and right-handed pitcher Josiah Grey, a second-round choose (No. 72) this previous summer time who turned 21 on Friday.
Within the deal, the Dodgers will save roughly $15 million off their luxurious tax payroll for 2019 and clear sufficient room of their outfield to doubtlessly pursue free agent Bryce Harper or different targets.
Puig, Kemp, Wood and Bailey can all be free brokers at season’s finish.
Bailey — owed $23 million in 2019 and counting $17.5 million towards the luxurious tax, which makes use of the typical annual worth on contracts — waived his 10-and-5 rights to be part of the Dodgers and is predicted to be launched, in accordance to experiences. He went 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA for the last-place Reds final season.
Reds catcher Tucker Banhart reacted to the trade with a one-word tweet: “Woah.”
The #Reds have acquired LHP Alex Wood, OF Matt Kemp, OF Yasiel Puig, IF/C Kyle Farmer and money from the Dodgers in trade for RHP Homer Bailey and minor leaguers IF Jeter Downs and RHP Josiah Grey. pic.twitter.com/IjJusbl0Ud
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) December 21, 2018
“We’re not completed,” Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams stated. “We nonetheless have assets to make this group higher.”
Puig, the bombastic proper fielder who has the topic of trade rumors for a number of years, is projected to make about $11 million in his ultimate yr of arbitration and can be reunited with Turner Ward, his beloved hitting coach with the Dodgers.
Puig, 28, hasn’t lived up to the promise he flashed as a rookie, however has nonetheless batted .264/.337/.490 in 277 video games the final two years and remains to be able to enjoying Gold Glove-caliber protection.
Kemp, 34, resurrected his profession in his return to the Dodgers in 2018, making the All-Star group and and ending with a 121 adjusted OPS regardless of fading within the second half.
Wood, a 27-year-old left-hander, has gone 25-10 with a three.20 ERA in 304 innings with the Dodgers the final two years however was demoted to an undefined bullpen position down the stretch in 2018. Farmer, 28, hit .235 in 39 video games because the Dodgers’ backup catcher.
Downs, ranked seventh within the Reds’ system by MLB.com, hit .257 with 13 residence runs in A-ball in 2018 whereas additionally stealing 37 bases in 47 makes an attempt. Grey, ranked 20th, had a 2.58 ERA in 12 begins in rookie ball at Greeneville.
Regardless of the trade, the Dodgers nonetheless have loads of depth in each their rotation and their outfield. Pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda and Wealthy Hill will return in 2019, with Ross Stripling and Julio Urias additionally choices. Within the outfield, the Dodgers nonetheless have Joc Pederson and prime prospect Alex Verdugo within the corners, with Cody Bellinger, Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Andrew Toles all choices in heart area.
The Dodgers can now add Harper to that blend in the event that they’d like. They’ve additionally been linked to free-agent heart fielder A.J. Pollock, who would give them a much-needed right-handed bat at a premium place. They usually nonetheless have the prospect capital to make a cope with the Cleveland Indians for starters Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer, to whom they’ve been linked all offseason.