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.
Wood gives the Reds another upgrade to their young rotation, which has been their biggest weakness the last two seasons.
Before the trade, the Reds projected starting outfield featured Scott Schebler, Phillip Ervin and Jesse Winker.
Farmer, 28, spent the majority of last season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he posted a.785 OPS with seven homers in 312 plate appearances while splitting time between catcher and third base. 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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Dodger fans can also be happy to know Yasiel Puig is now reunited with Turner Ward in Cincinnati. Of course, Cody Bellinger, Kiké Hernandez and Chris Taylor all saw regular time in the outfield as well.
Kemp's contract will pay him $21.5 million in 2019; Puig ($11.3 million) and Wood ($9 million) are projected for significant arbitration salaries in 2019. Including their signings of Joe Kelly and Hyun-Jin Ryu (who accepted his qualifying offer), the Dodgers' payroll was projected to be around $202 million.
Harper joining the Dodgers on the mega-deal that he reportedly seeks should not be viewed as a foregone conclusion.
Los Angeles is expected to release Bailey after the trade is finalized. Keep in mind that the luxury tax threshold for 2019 is at $206 million. He's appeared in 59 big-league games over the past two seasons.