Trade Yasiel Puig? Don’t Get Burned By The Hot Stove

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Don’t Hate The Player, Hate The Narrative

This is what so much reporting has come to these days. Media finds a particular athlete lacking in what they perceive as “respect” or “modesty” and cast him as the villain. This informs what and how they write about him, thus creating stories out of nothing to generate click bait and perpetuating dislike of said athlete.

Sure, Puig has had his problems on and off the field (though no such problems came up during the 2014 season). He’s also the best position player on the Dodgers. As a matter of fact, since he entered the league, Puig has the sixth highest wRC+ of any Major Leaguer.

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Puig tops stars like Giancarlo Stanton, Joey Bautista, David Ortiz and Robinson Cano. And he’s still a few weeks shy of his 24th birthday.

So, why on Earth would the Dodgers trade such a great, young player? Some suggest that the crowded outfield is reason to part ways with Puig. But that’s backward thinking: you don’t deal your best player to make room for a guy who won’t come close to his production.

Even if Andre Ethier is nearly untradeable at this point and Carl Crawford has $82.5 million left on his contract, Puig gives you the best chance to win. Unfortunately, these types of articles will continue to be churned out over the next few months as we all wait for Spring Training to start.

However, the next time you see an article wondering if the Dodgers would be better off dealing Puig, ask yourself about their motivation.

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  1. Thought it was total bullshit from the beginning….Dodger fans would revolt

  2. God this article is amazing!
    I’ve seriously been dealing with people left and right conspiring about him being optioned to be traded during the off-season. The Dodgers aren’t stupid. They aren’t going to give up someone who’s known as the face of the team and best hitter outside of regular Dodgers fans, as well as one of the best and most hyped outfielders in major league baseball.

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