Dodgers expected to target Corey Kluber in trade

Dodgers expected to target Corey Kluber in trade

The outfielders were mentioned as potential trade chips prior to and during the Winter Meetings, as it's a position of strength for the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers completed a trade with the Cincinnati Reds that included Major League Baseball star Yasiel Puig and three-time All-star Matt Kemp. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported the trade.

Downs was ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Reds' No. 7 prospect, while Gray ranked No. 20.

Before the trade, the Reds projected starting outfield featured Scott Schebler, Phillip Ervin and Jesse Winker.

In 125 games last season, Puig hit 23 home runs with a slash line of.267/.327/.494.

Kemp, on the other hand, struggled in October after making the NL All-Star team in what was a comeback season for him in 2018.

Kemp, 34, batted.290 with 25 doubles, 21 homers and 85 RBIs last season, when he was an All-Star for the third time.

Soria was 3-1 with a 4.09 ERA last season after being acquired in July by the Milwaukee Brewers from the Chicago White Sox.

The Dodgers, in the meantime, will receive pitcher Homer Bailey and two prospects as of right now. So much that - it appears they will pay his salary for him to never pitch in a Dodgers uniform.

The Dodgers signed Puig after he defected from Cuba.

Harper joining the Dodgers on the mega-deal that he reportedly seeks should not be viewed as a foregone conclusion.

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.

The luxury tax threshold will rise to $210 million in 2021, for what it's worth.

At the same time, the Dodgers have financial flexibility to add players not named Harper. They may use those tools to revisit trade talks with the Cleveland Indians for pitcher Corey Kluber, according to a report.

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