The Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday afternoon acquired minor league infielder Jeter Downs, minor league right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray and right-handed pitcher Homer Bailey from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for catcher/infielder Kyle Farmer, outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, left-handed pitcher Alex Wood and cash considerations.
Downs, 20, was the Reds’ first-round pick (No. 32 overall) in the 2017 MLB draft and last year spent his entire season at Single-A Dayton, where he hit .257 with 13 homers, 23 doubles, 47 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 120 games. Last season, Downs appeared in 73 games at second base (71 starts) and 43 at shortstop (41 starts). The native of Colombia played his high school baseball in Miami Gardens, FL.
Gray, who turned 21 today, was Cincinnati’s second round selection (No. 72 overall) in last year’s draft. The right-hander spent his first year of professional baseball at Rookie-level Greenville in the Appalachian League and went 2-2 with a 2.58 ERA (15 ER/52.1 IP) in 12 starts. Gray struck out 59 batters and walked just 17 while posting a WHIP of 0.88. The New Rochelle, NY native attended LeMoyne college in Syracuse, NY.
Bailey, 32, was 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA last season in 20 starts for the Reds. In his career, the Texas native is 67-77 with a 4.56 ERA in 212 starts, all with Cincinnati.
Farmer, 28, was drafted by the Dodgers in 2013 out of the University of Georgia and made his Major League debut on July 30, 2017. In two seasons with Los Angeles, Farmer hit .250 (22-for-88) in 59 games, primarily at third base.
Kemp, 34, hit .290 with 25 homers and 85 RBI in 146 games last year, his first as a Dodger since playing in Los Angeles from 2006-14. Kemp was named to his third All-Star team in 2018 and homered in Game 1 of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park.
Puig, 28, has spent his entire career in Los Angeles after being signed out of Cuba in 2012. The power-hitting right fielder hit .267 with 23 homers, 63 RBI and 15 stolen bases during the 2018 campaign, his sixth as a Dodger. In his career, Puig has batted .279 with 108 home runs and 331 RBI, while playing primarily right field. He finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year vote in 2013 and was named to his only All-Star team in 2014.
Wood, 27, was acquired by the Dodgers just before the 2015 trade deadline and went 31-20 with a 3.46 ERA (167 ER/434.2 IP) in 86 games (74 starts) for Los Angeles. He was named to his first All-Star team in 2017 and finished that season going 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA. He started Game 4 of the 2017 World Series and allowed just one run in 7.2 innings in two games during that Fall Classic vs. Houston. The North Carolina native pitched out of the bullpen for the Dodgers during the 2015 and 2018 Postseasons.
The Dodgers 40-man roster now stands at 38 players; however, Bailey is expected to be released not long after the deal becomes official.
(Joe Jareck provided the majority of information furnished in this report)