In a blockbuster trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and three prospects. Many think the Dodgers won the trade by gaining financial flexibility and replenishing their farm system. Others think the Reds won the trade by getting productive players in exchange for a struggling pitcher. What do you think?
For the Dodgers, this trade was addition by subtraction. Puig was productive in the playoffs, sure, but he was also disruptive and sometimes destructive to the team’s ultimate goal. Unloading that burden onto the Reds along with Kemp and Wood frees up a lot of money to use on a big-name free agent, like Bryce Harper. And now they have some young talent to develop as well.
While those two players often came up big for the team, a change of scenery might have been what the doctor ordered for both sides. The Dodgers came away better after this trade.
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The Reds got rid of an overpaid pitcher, who only notched one win against 14 losses last year, and got two productive and entertaining players. Most experts would say they got the better end of this deal.
Bailey has had an ERA over 6.00 the last two seasons and doesn’t look like he’ll ever be the same pitcher he once was. Unloading him not only got rid of his bloated contract but got in return proven players who can help the Reds win immediately. Cincinnati got the better end of the deal.
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