We have a huge trade, right in time for the Holidays.
The Reds and Dodgers have agreed to a monster 7–player deal, which will result in the Reds receiving LHP Alex Wood, OF Yasiel Puig, OF Matt Kemp, prospect Kyle Farmer, and cash in exchange for RHP Homer Bailey and prospects Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 21, 2018
This was a salary dump for the Dodgers, and a big win for the Reds.
The Dodgers were being weighed down by Matt Kemp’s contract and were looking to get him off the books ASAP. They happened to find a taker in the Cincinnati, who were looking to get rid of a bad contract themselves with Homer Bailey.
I call this a win for the Reds because they can two marketable players who will flourish in the belt box that is Great American Ballpark. Like I’ve said numerous times before, the Reds offense was going to be good in 2019 before this trade even happened. Now they have added 43 home runs to their line up with the snap of a finger. Mark my words, the Reds are going to be a fun baseball team in 2019.
In exchange for the services of Puig and Kemp, the Dodgers will be receiving Homer Bailey, fresh off of a 1-14 season with a 6.09 ERA, and Downs and Gray. Bailey won’t make an impact in LA, as he is expected to be bought out immediately and released. In addition, Josiah Gray was a low level prospect in the Reds system, but Downs is reportedly a steal for the Dodgers.
One NL scout on new Dodger prospect: “Jeter Downs a stud….don’t care what he is ranked…future all-star.”
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 21, 2018
This isn’t a move to impact the Dodgers roster in 2019, as none of these players will likely play for the team next year. But, the team is planning on making a bigger splash pretty soon.
Despite eating all of the money on Bailey’s deal, plus the $5 million buyout, the team has cleared a large chunk of change for the immediate future. The Dodgers pockets just got a little bit deeper, and they’re in need of an outfielder now.
Enter: Bryce Harper.
The Dodgers have very suddenly emerged as the favorites to land the superstar outfielder, as well as still being deeply entrenched in talks with the Marlins about C JT Realmuto.
One thing is for certain, the Dodgers will end up being a better team in 2019, it’s just a matter of how much better.
Also the Reds are my favorite team going into next year.
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