Dodgers send Puig, Kemp to Reds in blockbuster trade

Dodgers send Puig, Kemp to Reds in blockbuster trade

The Dodgers will also give the Reds $7 million in cash as part of the deal.

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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.

Trading Bailey is a big win for the Reds, as the right-hander has gone down-hill quickly after signing a lucrative six-year, $105 million extension with the Reds in February 2014.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are sending sluggers Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Cincinnati Reds in a blockbuster trade.

The Reds included starter Homer Bailey in the swap, a way of freeing them from the $28 million owed him in the final year of his contract.

Kemp, 34, batted.290 with 25 doubles, 21 homers and 85 RBIs last season, when he was an All-Star for the third time.

This means the Dodgers are saving closer to $18 million than $24 million on their payroll. Keep in mind that the luxury tax threshold for 2019 is at $206 million.

Los Angeles is expected to release Bailey after the trade is finalized. The Brewers came one win away from the 2018 World Series; the Cardinals have already added two All-Stars this offseason in Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller; the Pirates won 82 games last season. And while they should be right in the thick of the divisional race in 2019, the NL Central will be dog fight.

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