Dave Roberts is highly regarded for his player management. Everyone seems to love him, and he seems to love everyone. Yasiel Puig is no different.

After praising Puig earlier in the offseason, Roberts said Puig is among the best right fielders in baseball, if not the best.

The story with Puig has always been the same: The talent is there, but can he put it together? 2017 entails the question.

After his demotion to the minors, Puig hit .281 with four homers and 11 RBI – all while being a model citizen. Puig said last month he wanted to be a starter again, be it in Los Angeles or somewhere else.

There have long been rumors of the Dodgers shopping Puig, yet no deal ever materialized. It’s in both parties’ best interest to give him a chance to earn the starting role back. If Puig excels, both benefit. Even if the Dodgers’ end game is to send Puig elsewhere, the only way he’ll rebuild value is through playing.

If Roberts is sincere, Puig will get a fair opportunity to be the starting right fielder opening day. If he keeps it is up to him.

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  • I wouldn’t shop him. I’d partner him with a veteran who can teach him. Puig, so far, is about 50/50 on “absolutely amazing plays” vs “that was a boneheaded play.”

    He’s got the talent. All he needs is the discipline. If he can get the discipline (and with Yasiel Puig, this is certainly an “if”), he could go from “decent player who messes up almost as often as he does something amazing” to “good solid player who sometimes does absolutely amazing things.”

    The guy has an arm like I’ve never seen. If his field smarts can get to a point where they match (or even come close to) his ability, this guy could eventually be an MVP. He’s definitely not there yet…but he’s certainly got the potential. It’s taking longer than I would like for him to get there, but I definitely think that he CAN get there.