Dick Williams talks about adding Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer in a trade and what impact they can make with the Reds.
Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer

On Friday evening, the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers pulled off a blockbuster trade that dramatically changed the look of the Reds’ outfield and starting rotation, sending outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, left-handed starting pitcher Alex Wood and utility player Kyle Farmer to Cincinnati for starting pitcher Homer Bailey and minor-leaguers Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray.

The deal was praised by The Enquirer’s John Fay and Paul Daugherty, as well as writers outside of Cincinnati. And some of the players involved in the trade, a couple of current Reds and both team accounts offered reactions via Twitter:

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Thanks to all Dodgers’ fans for the love and support, I’m really going to miss you guys and I’ll see you at spring training but this time with different team!!!!! 👍😊😆🤪👊🏾👌🙌🏼💪🏾🙏👅👀

— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) December 22, 2018

.@YasielPuig has already got himself a @Reds hat. 👀

Via his IG

— MLB (@MLB) December 22, 2018

What a ride! The last 4 years in LA have been nothing short of amazing. 4 division titles, 2 NL Pennants, 2 World Series appearances and I couldn’t be more proud to have been a Dodger. I…

— Alex Wood (@Awood45) December 22, 2018

@Reds I’m so excited for this new opportunity. Can’t wait for ST19 and to meet all of my new teammates. Ready to see what Cincy is all about! Let’s go!!

— Alex Wood (@Awood45) December 22, 2018

I love the negativity and the doubt. The players that just got added to our roster will make us better. We were already gonna have a breakout year 2019. They just made us better. I’m saying it. Y’all can quote me, save the tweet. Whatever, but we about to make some noise.

— CountOnAG (@Amir_Garrett) December 22, 2018


— Tucker Barnhart (@Tucker_Barnhart) December 21, 2018

Let’s play ball! @Reds

— Tucker Barnhart (@Tucker_Barnhart) December 21, 2018

Also, the Dodgers bid farewell to Puig:

The Wild Horse.

Thank you @YasielPuig for everything you’ve done for the Dodgers. We’ll miss all the energy you brought to Dodger Stadium every night. Best of luck in Cincinnati!

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 21, 2018

The Cincinnati Zoo welcomed Puig:

Welcome to Cincinnati @YasielPuig! We’re excited for you to visit the Cincinnati Zoo again & can’t wait to sssssee you play for the @reds! #reds 🐍⚾️👋

— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) December 21, 2018

And the Reds offered a nice tribute to Homer:

A double dose of unforgettable moments in Reds history. Thank you, Homer!

— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) December 22, 2018