Huge Trade Alert: Dodgers Sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood to the Reds (UPDATE)

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Huge Trade Alert: Dodgers Sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood to the Reds (UPDATE)

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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. And, from the Dodgers’ perspective, the fit would be perfect, too, since they’ve got tons of money and some outfielders set to roll off the books over the next year or two.

The only hold-up, if you ever believed it, was that the Dodgers are trying to stay under the luxury tax, and they’ve got a near-term crowded outfield, so they really can’t go after Harper hard until they …

Oh fffffffffffffudge.

Not only does this clear the way for the Dodgers to aggressively go after Harper, it also probably greatly improves the Reds for 2019.

More on this trade as it develops, and after I finish lighting my eyebrows on fire.

UPDATE: More details, as it looks like the Dodgers are sending useful players and some cash to the Reds in exchange for taking Bailey’s contract and getting some good prospects:

This is going to be a deal that is a huge win for both sides.

UPDATE 2: Oh, Ken. I appreciate the effort. But I’m not coming off of this ledge:

UPDATE 3: OK, I’ll admit that the Dodgers probably can’t stay under the luxury tax this year if they’re adding Harper, even after this trade (but I still don’t think they care):

They just knocked off a ton of salary commitments to players they didn’t need in positions that can be replaced by Harper.

Also, the Dodgers are sending this guy to the Reds, and it is not a significant inclusion:

UPDATE 4: I gotta set down the phone for a bit …


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