Cincinnati Reds swing trade for Dodgers' Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood

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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.

Dealing the mercurial Puig - who was apparently disgruntled by his playing time last season - as well as the veteran Kemp also frees up an outfield spot in Los Angeles.

Though the Dodgers will save around $17 million from the luxury tax payroll, they would surely climb back into that bracket if they sign free agent Bryce Harper.

The Los Angeles Dodgers may have won the National League pennant for the past two seasons, but that hasn't stopped them from shaking up their lineup.

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The Dodgers get minor leaguer infielder Jeter Downs and right-hander Josiah Gray.

For the Reds, who have been rebuilding since 2015, it's another move toward becoming competitive after four straight 90-loss seasons. "We did trade some good prospects here, but we acquired four major-league players that address needs for us and I think we're better in the short term".

But the biggest piece in the deal might turn out to be Wood, who has a combined ERA of 3.20 over the last two seasons. The 27-year-old, an All-Star in 2017, put up a 3.68 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 135 strikeouts in 33 appearances (27 starts) for the Dodgers a year ago.

"Thanks to all Dodgers' fans for the love and support, I'm really going to miss you guys and I'll see you at spring training but this time with a different team!" he said. He's in the final year of a seven-year, $42-million deal. He hit.290 with 21 home runs and 85 RBIs in 146 games, posting an.818 OPS (his best since.852 in 2014). Maybe a second baseman would make more sense.

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