Bryce Harper Jul 16, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates winning the 2018 MLB home run derby at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The most interesting part of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ giant trade with the Cincinnati Reds Friday may not actually be anyone involved. It’s certainly notable that Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig are heading to Cincinnati, and that Homer Bailey is coming to Los Angeles, but the bigger implication here may be the financial savings for the Dodgers. And that has many thinking they’ll get into the sweepstakes for Bryce Harper. First, here’s the trade:

And here’s a bunch of the talk about how this might lead to Harper:

Does this lead to Harper heading to Los Angeles? Not necessarily. There are a whole lot of teams in that competition, and just because they have a little more space now doesn’t mean that the Dodgers have him locked down. And as Yahoo’s Jeff Passan notes, the Dodgers would still wind up in luxury tax trouble if they signed Harper, but would be fine if they picked up any number of other big names. So maybe this move isn’t about Harper after all. But the chances of Harper heading to L.A. seem much higher than they did before this trade, and that’s added some more fuel to the winter hot stove.


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1 thought on “Dodgers’ trade of Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig to Reds has many wondering if they’re set to sign Bryce Harper

  1. Don’t see Puig lasting a year in Cincy. Seems like he would fit in better with the Bengals roster.

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