Dodgers Deal Puig, Kemp and Wood to Reds, Enter Bryce Harper Sweepstakes
The Buccos were terrible that year, losing 112 games.
It gave Rickey the perfect opportunity to cut Kiner's salary instead, saying:
Son, we finished last with you.
We can finish last without you.
It's a solid bet that Los Angeles Dodgers didn't say that to Yasiel Puig, but the net effect was the same on the other end of baseball's spectrum.
The Bums reached the last two World Series with him and still haven't earned a ring since 1988.
- Dump salary, lotsa salary, by
- Trading Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood to Cincinnati;
- Acquiring payroll albatross Homer Bailey; and
- Immediately releasing Bailey, which he requested in return for waiving his 10-&-5 status ...
- Go after Bryce Harper.
Who knows if the Dodgers can lure Harper?
The Reds, though, have gotta be pinching themselves.
- The Wild Horse can continue his warm-&-fuzzy with hitting coach Turner Ward,
- Puig and Kemp oughta love the bandbox that is the Great American Ballpark, while
- Wood, not so much, but he should fare better than Bailey, whose 1-14 record last season is a sure sign dude's yet to recover from his Tommy John and another elbow surgery.
Cincinnati's gotta lotta ground to make up in the NL Central to hang with Milwaukee, Chicago, and St Louis, but this is a huge step in the right direction.
It's clearly a strong counter to the St Louis Cardinals' signing Paul Goldschmidt in the off-season's other blockbuster.
The Cardinals are apparently in the mix for Harper if he's willing to go down to a shorter term. They had a close call with fiscal disaster when Albert Pujols bolted for the Angels, so not even a 26-year-old's gonna get a decade deal from them.
The leaders in the clubhouse remain the same, then:
- The Phillies,
- The Death Star, and now
- The Borg, with mixin'-&-matchin' Dave Roberts makin' use of the full roster.
Again, that's for later.
Right now, Puig's back to a blissful state after joining baseball's oldest professional club.
And that works for him.