After two straight years where the Los Angeles Dodgers ended their season in the World Series without a trophy, the team is apparently ready to mix it up. Friday evening brought a gentle glow to baseballs hot stove, as the Dodgers traded a package that includes Yasiel Puig to the Cincinnati Reds.
Puig, an enigmatic outfielder for the Dodgers, will be moved along with pitcher Alex Wood and left fielder Matt Kemp. The deal was first dropped by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, who broke the news that Puig would be headed to Ohio next season.
The full deal includes Los Angeles getting a veteran arm in Homer Bailey, along with a pair of prospects.
With two outfielders gone from Los Angeles, some speculated that the deal may be clearing the way for the Dodgers to sign Bryce Harper. But Passan said the team is still in luxury tax danger and a deal with the coveted free agent isn’t assured … but of course, Harper is the kind of player for whom any price tag can be justified, especially for a team like the Dodgers that has World Series aspirations.
There’s a mad dash to acquire Harper’s services, and if this was indeed a move to make signing him more feasible, the Dodgers have done exactly what they needed to do to get in on the race.