Major League Baseball hot stove: Dodgers, Reds make big deal

Major League Baseball hot stove: Dodgers, Reds make big deal

Major League Baseball hot stove: Dodgers, Reds make big deal

Still, many Dodgers fans saw the Reds trade as a clear signal that Harper is coming, and there's already an expectation that Harper will be in Los Angeles next season.

Los Angeles announced Friday the team has traded Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, infielder/catcher Kyle Farmer and Yasiel Puig to the Reds for pitcher Homer Bailey, prospects Josiah Gray and Jeter Downs and cash considerations.

Bailey, who had to waive his 10-and-5 rights to complete the trade, will reportedly be released by the Dodgers, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Even though Bailey and his buyout will cost $28 million, the tax hit is just $17.5 million.

The Reds acquired an intriguing piece in Yasiel Puig, who, if he taps into his potential, has the opportunity to re-make his career in Cincinnati.

The Dodgers are clearing money under the luxury-tax threshold. Kemp is a $20 million hit this year and Puig and Wood somewhere from $20 million-$22 million.

The Dodgers appear to be gearing up for a run at Bryce Harper. Downs, a 20-year old middle infielder was a first-round pick in the 2017 draft.

Wood finished the season with a 3.68 ERA and 135 strikeouts through 151.2 innings pitched as the Dodgers went 92-71 in the 2018 season, falling to the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series in five games. The right-hander posted a 2.58 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 12 starts at Greeneville of the Appalachian League.

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