The Los Angeles Dodgers quietly made a borderline blockbuster trade sending 3-time Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey in what can only be described as a salary dump.
In every big move, there are winners and losers. There are positives and negatives. There are unintended consequences to every action.
Here are the 4 biggest winners of this trade:
1. Old White Lame Dodgers Fans
Finally, old white lame baseball fans who care about the ‘integrity’ of the game and want the game to be played ‘the right way’ will no longer be burdened with having to watch Puig hit go-ahead RBIs and celebrate after like a normal human being would do after having success. Get that showboating asshole out of there and he can take his other dark-skinned friend with him.
2. Long-Term Contracts
In 2012, Matt Kemp signed an 8-year $160 Million deal. In 2015 he was traded to the Padres. In 2016 he was traded to the Braves. In 2018 he was traded back to Los Angeles and in 2019 he’s being traded to Cincinnati.
If Matt Kemp hit free agency at any point over the last 6 years, he would probably still be a free agent. Everyone get your money for as many years as you can.
Homer Bailey is coming off a season where he had a -1.5 WAR and a 6.09 ERA. He went 1-14 and was objectively the worst starting pitcher in baseball. Homer Bailey made Sonny Gray look like Roy Halladay.
This is truly addition by subtraction. Oh, they also happened to get perennial all-stars in return for Bailey. This was pretty much a straight Heist.
4. Yasiel Puig
Yasiel was for sure out here getting LOOSE in Los Angeles on the weekends and he wasn’t even appreciated on the field. Just wait until he starts winning games for Cincinnati. He’s going to get the key to the city. By this time next year, there will be a street in Ohio named after Puig.
And now onto the Losers…