Dodgers trade OFs Kemp, Puig to Reds

Arnold Nichols
December 22, 2018

Dodger fans can also be happy to know Yasiel Puig is now reunited with Turner Ward in Cincinnati.

The Post's Joel Sherman reports the Dodgers will also send $7 million to the Reds in the deal.

Los Angeles is expected to release Bailey after the trade is finalized.

First off, seven players changed hands, with outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, left-hander Alex Wood and catcher Kyle Farmer heading to Cincinnati (along with cash considerations), while veteran right-hander Homer Bailey and two prospects, infielder Jeter Downs and right-hander Josiah Gray, heading L.A.'s way.

The deal gives Los Angeles a couple of prospects and a couple of slots to fill.

The outfielders were mentioned as potential trade chips prior to and during the Winter Meetings, as it's a position of strength for the Dodgers.

But the biggest piece in the deal might turn out to be Wood, who has a combined ERA of 3.20 over the last two seasons.

"We still have resources to make this team better", he said.

Kemp is entering the final season of an eight-year, $160-million contract he initially signed with Los Angeles in 2012.

The trade the Dodgers struck Friday afternoon is not a strict salary dump, nor is it a clearing of the way for Bryce Harper.

Kemp, 34, batted.290 with 25 doubles, 21 homers and 85 RBIs last season, when he was an All-Star for the third time.

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