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

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

The Dodgers could also allocate the money they save in the deal to other free agents or big-name players via the trade market.

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.

As for the return, the Dodgers will receive veteran arm Homer Bailey whose contract will wash some of what the Dodgers traded to the Reds.

Bailey - owed $23 million in 2019 and counting $17.5 million toward the luxury tax, which uses the average annual value on contracts - waived his 10-and-5 rights to join the Dodgers and is expected to be released, according to reports. First, the obvious: after a six-year tenure filled with antics and tongue wagging, Yasiel Puig was traded away.

Puig, Kemp and Wood have all played big parts in the Dodgers' success over the years. He went 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA for the last-place Reds last season.

In Cincinnati, Puig will be reunited with hitting coach Turner Ward, who previously coached him in Los Angeles. Over 146 games, he hit.290/.338/.481 (121 OPS+) with 21 homers and 85 RBIs, earning his third All-Star berth while winning the Players Choice NL Comeback Player of the Year. 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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