A move which had been rumored for several weeks is finally upon us, as the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers have completed a trade which will change the outlook of both teams moving forward.
"Obviously losing guys like Yasiel and Matt are never easy when it comes to your outfield, but again we feel like we still have depth in those areas", Friedman said, according to MLB's blog. And with the $7 million from the Dodgers to the Reds, it comes out to a net savings of about a $17.5 million for L.A. relative to the 2019 luxury tax threshold. The Dodgers have been connected to free-agent superstar Bryce Harper throughout the offseason. Los Angeles sent $7 million to the Reds.
The Dodgers get minor leaguer infielder Jeter Downs and right-hander Josiah Gray.
Last week, the Reds traded pitching prospect Tanner Rainey to the Nationals for 32-year-old starter Tanner Roark, who led the National League in losses last season while going 9-15 with a 4.34 ERA.
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Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said following the deal that the Reds aren't done making moves. "We did trade some good prospects here, but we acquired four major league players that address needs for us and I think we're better in the short-term".
Kemp, 34, batted.290 with 25 doubles, 21 homers and 85 RBIs last season, when he was an All-Star for the third time.
Kemp is entering the final season of an eight-year, $160-million contract he initially signed with Los Angeles in 2012. After posting a solid 3.71 ERA in 23 starts in 2014, Bailey's ERAs from 2015-18 were, respectively: 5.56 (two starts); 6.65 (six starts), 6.43 (18 starts); 6.09 (20 starts).
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