Dodgers send Puig, Kemp to Reds in multi-player swap


The NL Central was already going to be one of, if not the toughest, divisions in Major League Baseball in 2019.

The American League consists of the following teams: Baltimore Orioles; Boston Red Sox; Chicago White Sox; Cleveland Indians; Detroit Tigers; Houston Astros; Kansas City Royals; Los Angeles Angels; Minnesota Twins; New York Yankees; Oakland Athletics; Seattle Mariners; Tampa Bay Rays; Texas Rangers; and Toronto Blue Jays.

Along with this trio of surefire starters, the Reds will also receive Kyle Farmer.

Downs, ranked as the Reds' No. 7 prospect by MLB Pipeline prior to the trade, slashed.257/.351/.402 with 13 homers, 47 RBIs, and 37 steals in 120 games at Single-A Dayton.

The rotation has been the Reds' biggest problem, with prospects failing to produce consistently, and Wood provides another upgrade.

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The one team that finished behind the Pirates in the NL Central just made an offseason splash.

Before the trade, the Reds projected starting outfield featured Scott Schebler, Phillip Ervin and Jesse Winker.

Kemp hit.290 last season with 21 home runs and is a three-time All-Star.

Injuries and platooning by manager Dave Roberts limited Puig to 125 games previous year, where he hit.267/.327/.494 with 23 homers, 63 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases while providing Gold Glove-caliber defense in right field. He was named an All-Star for the first and only time in his career in 2014. Bailey posted a 6.09 ERA, striking out 75 batters through 106.1 innings.

Puig is a right fielder who's been trade bait for the Dodgers in previous years who's listed to make about $11 million in the final year of his contract.