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Earlier Friday, the Dodgers' Andrew Friedman sent starting pitcher Alex Wood and his two most decorated outfielders, Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, to the Reds.

The prospects heading to Los Angeles are shortstop Jeter Downs, a first-round pick in 2017, and right-hander Josiah Gray, a second-round pick in this year's draft who turns 21 today.

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The Dodgers' payroll will still exceed $180 million after the deal, according to Passan, so landing Harper - who is expected to demand a historic deal that could exceed $400 million - is far from guaranteed. And the lure of nearby Los Angeles for the Las Vegas native Harper could be a significant draw, as well. He threw a pair of no-hitters before his career was sidetracked by three arm operations.

The rotation has been the Reds' biggest problem, with prospects failing to produce consistently, and Wood provides another upgrade. Zavolas, 22, went 5-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 19 relief appearances between two Class-A squads this year.

Soria was 3-1 with a 4.09 ERA last season after being acquired in July by the Milwaukee Brewers from the Chicago White Sox.

"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 a different team!" he said.

The Reds' outfield was in flux when they chose not to tender a contact to Billy Hamilton, making him a free agent.

Kemp is entering the final season of an eight-year, $160-million contract he initially signed with Los Angeles in 2012.

The Dodgers felt good about the chance to deal from their glut of outfielders and pitchers. "It's a deal that makes sense".