As day three of the winter meetings is underway the latest rumor involves the Dodgers possibly setting up a reunion between Yasiel Puig and Turner Ward.
Day three of the winter meetings are underway and the hot stove continues to heat up. The latest rumor regarding the Dodgers is that they continue to talk about Yasiel Puig in trade talks and the latest team involved is the Cincinnati Reds. For those who remembered what happened earlier this off-season, the Reds hired Turner Ward as their hitting coach.
That means if Puig were to be traded to the Reds, it would set up a reunion between the two. It’s hard to imagine another city embracing Yasiel Puig the way that Dodger fans have, but at least in Cincy, Puig would have Turner Ward there to help with the transition. This is only a rumor for now but there has been plenty of smoke regarding trading Puig this winter.
The Reds are also looking to beef up their starting rotation and have been linked to Dallas Keuchel so they could possibly have interest in Alex Wood as well who the Dodgers are trying to pawn off on someone. The ideal situation between the Dodgers and Reds would be a straight up trade of Yasiel Puig for Scooter Gennett. The trade would benefit both clubs and both are also in contract years.
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The Dodgers are continuing to dangle their surplus of outfielders in trade talks and nearly every outfielder has drawn interest so far. Yasiel Puig has been connected to the Indians, and now the Reds. Alex Verdugo has been a hot commodity on the trade market and the Marlins keep trying to pry Cody Bellinger from the Dodgers which remains unlikely. Joc Pederson is sure to draw some trade interest as well.
If the Dodgers and Reds wanted to expand a possible trade the Dodgers could look to target a reliever like Raisel Iglesias. Someone like Chris Taylor could make sense for the Reds if they do deal away Scooter Gennett. The Dodgers’ main focus right now seems to be trimming the fat from their surplus of outfielders and starting pitchers. They could clear out some money to pursue bigger name free agents like Bryce Harper.
This is another possible move to watch as the winter meetings continue through tomorrow. Thursday is technically the last day of the winter meetings but most front office executives leave unless they plan on drafting someone in the rule five draft. Keep it tuned here for the latest news and rumors from the winter meetings.