The enigmatic and charismatic Yasiel Puig has been involved in trade rumors for years now, but the Dodgers have yet to move him. However according to Dylan Hernandez the Dodgers may finally trade him this winter. According to reports Puig is quote “disgruntled and dissatisfied” with management for his dwindling playing time against left handed pitching. Puig is entering his final season of team control in 2019 before he jumps into free agency in 2020.
There was rumors earlier this winter that the Dodgers were talking to the Indians about a Puig trade that could have involved Corey Kluber. Of course that did not happen. But with the winter meetings approaching and Andrew Friedman without a general manager, could this mean that Puig finally gets dealt?
You all know how I feel about Puig. I like him and there is little doubt he’s a gifted and talented player. But his batting and on-base skills have seriously declined over the last few years. They’re not the same since the first two years he broke into the majors. For the record his power has increased and he had a productive 2018 season.
Puig slashed .267/.327/.494 with 23 home runs and 63 runs batted in across 444 plate appearances. Unfortunately after drawing 64 walks in 2017, Puig was issued only 36 walks in 2018. That saw his OBP drop 20 points from the year before. Yet he still posted a 120 OPS+ and an .820 OPS while swiping 15 bases. Puig played in 125 games in 2018. Puig is due to earn 11.3 million dollars in salary arbitration this spring.
Puig did also have a productive postseason campaign. He smashed a huge home run in game 7 of the NLCS against the Brewers and then hit a big three-run home run in game 4 of the World Series against Boston. For the record Puig batted just .209 with a .628 OPS against left handed pitching in 2018. He’s posted a .757 OPS against southpaws in his career. One thing is for certain, if Puig is dealt we’ll sure miss his entertaining and crazy antics.