The Los Angeles Times featured a Dylan Hernandez article about how Yasiel Puig probably should stay with the Dodgers in 2019. Dodgers Nation was alerted to this article by Blake Williams, a new writer for DN. Dylan’s article goes into some of the inconsistencies of Puig, the surplus of outfielders and his possible trade value. Hernandez stated this in regards to Puig’s trade value:
“Even if the Dodgers were to agree to cover some of Puig’s salary, the return for him in a trade would likely be minimal. What’s clear is the Dodgers won’t deal him for the sake of dumping his salary.” – Dylan Hernandez, LA Times.
Who Wants To Trade For Puig
Puig really is more valuable to the Dodgers than most other teams. No team is going to take on his salary (and him being elegize for free agency after one season) unless they feel he could help put them over the top. Another possibility is the swap of players with higher salaries to balance out a trade. The outfielders that teams want are Cody Bellinger and Alex Verdugo as stated by Jon Heyman:
“Word is that Bellinger indeed has been requested in multiple trades, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Indians were one of those teams. Alex Verdugo is another popular player (though not as popular as Bellinger). The Dodgers have been “hesitant” to move Bellinger, rivals say …” – Jon Heyman, Fancred Sports, Inside Baseball MLB Notes: Dodgers have look of legitimate bidders for Harper
Editorial Note: Do not trade Cody Bellinger
Despite what a lot of Dodgers fans think, the market for Yasiel Puig is not high. Earning $11 million this coming year and then being eligible for free agency does not help. Hernandez makes a good point that it is probably better to keep him on the Dodgers in 2019. I would even say, try and sign him before arbitration to a 3 year/$24-27 million contract.
What alerted Blake Williams was this:
“A .209 hitter this year against left-handed pitchers, Puig was disgruntled by how he was limited to playing against right-handers, according to people familiar with his thinking who spoke under the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject. The frustration was said to affect his play, and Puig is now described as distrustful of management and open to playing for another team.” – Dylan Hernandez, LA Times.
This is not a surprise as many Dodgers fans figured some players must have been a bit disgruntled (or a little “gruntled”) by the lack of steady playing time for many players in 2018. I don’t blame Puig or any of the younger players. They are reaching points in their career when they want to get the maximum pay they can achieve. I wrote about some players last month who could possibly use a change of scenery. A few were because they aren’t getting the opportunities to maximize their talents.
Yasiel Puig is eligible to be a free agent after the 2019 season. Like any player eligible for free agency or arbitration, he wants to get the most money possible. These players have relatively short careers and most won’t be able to come close to the salaries they are making now. I understand why the Dodgers platoon but it has an impact on these careers. I hope that most of the platoons stop until the season is into August for players such as Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Puig. Give them a chance to prove themselves, but if they prove they need to platoon then do it through the rest of the season.
The big question I’d like answered is “how many players were disgruntled by the platoon decisions?” What are your thoughts on the impact of platoons on younger players? Does Puig have a right to be disgruntled?
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