3. The Salary Dump with the Cincinnati Reds
This is a trade that was not received as well when it initially happened and it proves that Andrew Friedman is one of the smartest minds in baseball. The Dodgers traded away several valuable members of the 2018 team for practically nothing, as the team was just saving money against the luxury tax for 2019.
At the time, it was expected that the team would bring in Bryce Harper with the money that was saved but, instead, the Dodgers just brought in AJ Pollock. For that reason, this trade seemed like a huge disappointment for LA.
Los Angeles sent fan-favorites Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, as well as Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer, to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and two prospects. Bailey was instantly waived by the Dodgers, as he was just a cap causality.
Those two prospects that the Dodgers received in the trade were none other than Josiah Gray and Jeter Downs. Neither prospect ranked that high with the Reds, and after being traded to the Dodgers, they both became top-100 prospects in the sport.
The Dodgers were then able to flip both of those prospects in two big trades that rank on this list, one of which we already covered. So not only did the Dodgers save money, but they got a better outfielder in AJ Pollock, as well as two prospects that were key components to making other trades happen.
It might not be a superstar trade, but it is still a genius trade by Friedman and the front office.