There has been a thread of thinking out there that Bryce Harper would like to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, not only because they are one of the closer teams to his home in Las Vegas, but also because they play in a town for stars, and they are annually extremely competitive.
An absolute blockbuster in the baseball world on Friday when it was announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers traded outfielders Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for multiple players, including right-hand pitcher Homer Bailey, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Bailey's buyout will cost Los Angeles $28 million, but the tax hit will be just $17.5 million which clears up their outfield logjam and brings the luxury-tax payroll to more than $180 million, which includes money sent to the Reds.
This trade opens around $24 million in space for the Dodgers and strengthens their already deep farm system. The Reds got catcher Kyle Farmer for depth at the position. "We did trade some good prospects here, but we acquired four major-league players that address needs for us and I think we're better in the short term".
Cincinnati didn't know what to do with Bailey, who went 1-14 last season with a 6.09 ERA and resisted a move to the bullpen.
Wood, who is also entering his final year of arbitration, was expendable after finishing last season as a reliever. Wood is 52-40 with a 3.29 ERA in 172 career appearances (129 starts) in six seasons with the Braves (2013-15) and Dodgers (2015-18).
Kemp, 34, batted.290 with 25 doubles, 21 homers and 85 RBIs last season, when he was an All-Star for the third time. "It's a deal that makes sense".