The Detroit Tigers aren’t up to much right now, but the rest of baseball is still doing a little bit of last-minute Christmas shopping. In particular, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds pulled off a blockbuster deal on Friday. The Reds received outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, along with lefthander Alex Wood and catcher Kyle Farmer. The Dodgers received salary relief, because apparently they need that.
Sure, the Dodgers netted a couple of prospects in Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray, but neither are premium talents — Downs was the No. 7 prospect in a fairly deep Reds system according to MLB Pipeline, and Gray was No. 20. They also received righthander Homer Bailey, who was released immediately after the trade.
Use this thread to talk about this deal, or any of the other moves that have gone down lately (or anything you want, really). This Reds-Dodgers deal, in particular, is fairly controversial, as the Dodgers are all but doing their year-end accounting right in front of everyone’s face. This move, combined with other teams’ outright refusal to stay over the luxury tax for more than a year or two, has shown us that the tax is all but a hard cap these days.
But hey, at least the Reds will be super fun.
How's this for a potential lineup?:— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) December 21, 2018
1. Winker LF
2. Suárez 3B
3. Votto 1B
4. Puig RF
5. Gennett 2B
6. Schebler CF
7. Barnhart C
9. Peraza SS