The Dodgers surprised fans and sports pundits on Friday when they completed a blockbuster trade with the Cincinnati Reds. They sent outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, catcher Kyle Farmer, left-hander Alex Wood, and $7 million to the Reds in exchange for right-hander Homer Bailey and two minor leaguers.
The Dodgers have made blockbuster trades in the past but something about this trade involving fan favorites Puig and Kemp left Dodgers nation scratching their heads or sour. Fans and sports pundits alike took upon social media to express their thoughts on the trade.
Say what you want about Puig but he brought an energy to the Dodgers. Showed up with minimal understanding of American traditions, learned English and ended becoming a big part of LA sports scene. Respect to that.— Beto Durán (@DuranSports) December 21, 2018
I already miss Yasiel Puig.— Vincent Samperio (@VinceSamperio) December 21, 2018
The Dodgers thanked the traded players for their contributions to the team.
Puig used his Instagram account to thank the Dodgers for his time with the organization and the fans.
The Kings’ mascot, Bailey, tried to brighten the situation up.
On the other hand, Reds nation is excited for the departure of Bailey.
HOMER BAILEY IS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Reds Problems (@redsproblems) December 21, 2018
Ranking the known parts of Reds trade:— Brenden Schaeffer (@bschaeffer12) December 21, 2018
4. Got Wood, solid LHP
3. Got Kemp, was just an All-Star
2. Got Puig
1. GOT RID OF HOMER BAILEY
Homer Bailey was a gift to batters every 5th day. Him not being eligible to pitch for Cincy just made every other team NL Cental worse.
WE TRADED HOMER BAILEY WE TRADED HOMER BAILEY WE TRADED HOMER BAILEY WE TRADED HOMER BAILEY WE TRADED HOMER BAILEY!!!!!!!!— Keaton Prince (@skeatskeat2) December 21, 2018
It looks like Christmas came four days early in Cincinnati apparently.
Bailey, 32, went 1-14 last season with a 6.09 ERA.