Report: Dodgers tried to trade for Bryce Harper

Ben Krimmel
November 08, 2018 - 9:47 am
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In the race to sign free agent Bryce Harper, the Los Angeles Dodgers wanted to grab the inside track by acquiring the outfielder during the season, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers made two attempts to add Harper, once before the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of July and again in August after they claimed him off waivers, per Jorge Castillo.

In the deal, Los Angeles offered outfielder Yasiel Puig as apart of the deal, but the two teams could not reach an agreement, Castillo reported. Harper became a free agent after the Dodgers lost the World Series at the end of October.  

Puig hasn't matched the heights the Dodgers expected after a fine rookie season in 2013 and an all star season the following year. The 27-year-old Cuban rebounded in 2018, hitting 23 homers and drove in 63 RBIs while producing a .267/.327/.494 slash line in 125 games. Puig is under team control for one more season before he becomes an unrestricted free agent ahead of the 2020 season.

Los Angeles doesn't have a glaring hole in their outfield, with Puig, Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, Matt Kemp, Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor all under team control, however they are still among the potential landing spots for Harper because of their deep pockets.

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