We may be in the midst of college football’s bowl season, but the news of the day is coming from the baseball world. The Dodgers and Reds have agreed in principle to a blockbuster trade that has multiple stars on the move.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo tipped everyone off this afternoon that a “significant” trade was on the way. He was proven right within the hour.
ESPN is reporting that the Dodgers are sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Kyle Farmer, Alex Wood and cash to Cincinnati in exchange for Homer Bailey and two prospects.
According to ESPN, the prospects are shortstop Jeter Downs and pitcher Josiah Gray.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds are finalizing a significant trade, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Multiple major league pieces expected to change sides.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 21, 2018
The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed in principle to trade Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Homer Bailey and prospects, according to multiple reports. pic.twitter.com/HLihVN13B4
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 21, 2018
Puig, who has played his whole career with the Dodgers, hit .267 with 23 home runs for the team last year. Kemp actually had a better year, hitting .290 with 21 home runs and 85 RBIs.
Bailey had a 1-14 record with a 6.09 ERA.
Update: The trade is official:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired minor league IF Jeter Downs, minor league RHP Josiah Gray and RHP Homer Bailey from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for C/IF Kyle Farmer, outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, LHP Alex Wood and cash considerations.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 21, 2018
It’s an interesting trade that could shift the power structure in the NL next year. It’ll be interesting to see which team wins the trade over time.