Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Dodgers make blockbuster deal, send Puig to Reds

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds made a blockbuster deal on Friday afternoon. It was a seven-player deal. 

Outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp were moved to the Reds. Cincinnati also received third baseman Kyle Farmer and starting pitcher Alex Wood. 

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig rounds second base on his way to third base on a double hit by teammate Yasmani Grandal in the top of the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants
Yasiel Puig rounds second base on his way to third base on a double hit by teammate Yasmani Grandal in the top of the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Dodgers also sent $7 million to the Reds.

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Homer Bailey is the key piece of the trade for the Dodgers. They also received starting prospect Josiah Gary and infield prospect Jeter Downs. 

The Dodgers are expected to release Bailey. This was a move for Los Angeles to shed salary.

Bailey has to waive his 10-5 rights for the teams to make this deal. He was slated to make $23 million in 2019.

There was also an option for the 2020 contract before this deal. He had a $5 million buyout if his option was not picked up.

The 32-year-old La Grange, Texas native went 1-14 last season in 20 starts. Bailey had a 6.09 ERA in 106 1/3 innings and allowed 82 runs (72 earned runs), including 23 home runs on 141 hits. He also struck 75 batters and walked 33.

The 34-year-old Midwest City, Oklahoma native had a .290 batting average with 21 home runs and 85 RBIs in 146 games. Kemp also had 25 doubles in 134 hits.

The 28-year-old Cienfuegos, Cuba native had a .267 batting average with 23 home runs and 63 RBIs in 125 games. Puig also had 21 doubles and one triple in 108 hits.

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The 28-year-old Atlanta, Georgia native had a .235 batting average with nine RBIs in 39 games. Farmer also had four doubles and one triple in 16 hits.

The 27-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina native went 9-7 with a 3.68 ERA in 27 starts and 33 appearances overall. Wood also pitched 151 2/3 innings and allowed 70 runs (62 earned runs), including 14 home runs, on 143 hits.

Wood and Puig are arbitration 3 eligible for the 2019 season, before becoming free agents in 2020. Kemp is due to make $21.5 million in 2019. Farmer is not arbitration eligible until 2021 and will not be a free agent until after the 2023 season.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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