In the weeks leading up to the trade deadline, Matt Kemp was the Los Angeles Dodger outfielder most often linked to rumors. In just two days after the Dodgers’ season came to an end, it’s been Yasiel Puig’s name in trade rumors.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News suggested the Oakland Athletics could make a run at the Dodgers’ center fielder, albeit in a surprising move. On Thursday, George Ofman of WBBM Newsradio in Chicago, said the Dodgers were shopping Puig and the Cubs are among those interested:
Are the Dodgers shopping Puig? You bet and the Cubs are one of several teams interested.
— George Ofman (@georgeofman) October 9, 2014
The Cubs traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics in July in exchange for three players, headlined by Addison Russell. As they’ve suffered through five straight losing seasons, the Cubs have stockpiled young talent that’s on the doorstep of leading them for years to come.
While the Dodgers have a crowded outfield, which led to manager Don Mattingly calling for a resolution this off-season, it’s difficult to fathom the team parting ways with their best outfielder. Furthermore, Puig is signed through 2018, though is eligible for arbitration following the 2015 season.
After another season in which they failed to reach the World Series, the Dodgers face several questions this winter. Among them is retooling and upgrading a bullpen that will still include Brian Wilson, who intends to exercise his player option, and making a decision in regards to Hanley Ramirez.
As for front office matters, reports indicate general manager Ned Colletti is on the hot seat, with manager Don Mattingly believed to be in better standing with the Guggenheim ownership group.
While that may be the present case, it could easily change if a new general manager is brought in as they presumably would want the opportunity to select their manager.