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Dodgers send Puig, Kemp to Reds in multi-player swap

23 December, 2018, 02:16 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Dodgers fans are demanding team to sign Bryce Harper after massive trade

Dealing the mercurial Puig - who was apparently disgruntled by his playing time last season - as well as the veteran Kemp also frees up an outfield spot in Los Angeles. After posting a solid 3.71 ERA in 23 starts in 2014, Bailey's ERAs from 2015-18 were, respectively: 5.56 (two starts); 6.65 (six starts), 6.43 (18 starts); 6.09 (20 starts). And by trading away two of their starting outfielders, they now have an open opportunity to offer free agent Bryce Harper as well as being better able to afford him.

Injuries and platooning by manager Dave Roberts limited Puig to 125 games past year, where he hit.267/.327/.494 with 23 homers, 63 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases while providing Gold Glove-caliber defense in right field.

The Dodgers, in the meantime, will receive pitcher Homer Bailey and two prospects as of right now. Puig owned the best arm in the Dodgers outfield and was another who could change the complexion of a game with one swing of the bat.


As it stands, the Dodgers have dedicated outfielders Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles and Alex Verdugo on their 40-man roster. So much that - it appears they will pay his salary for him to never pitch in a Dodgers uniform. With Kemp due $21.5 million for 2019, and Puig and Wood expected to get $22 million, the Dodgers will save approximately $26 million with the trade, getting them under the luxury tax.

The deal gives Los Angeles a couple of prospects and a couple of slots to fill. Perhaps they could look into acquiring Indians pitcher Corey Kluber or Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, for example.

The Cubs won 95 games in 2018 despite never truly putting it all together on the field.

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