Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Cuban international free agent Lazarito Armenteros where at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to catch a game in the Caribbean Series. But the bigger news was that they weren’t just there, but they were there together for some of it.
The talented Cuban prospect known simply as Lazarito is one of the most talented unsigned international free agents left out there, and the Dodgers are one of the teams said to be at least interested in his services. The fact the two players, both Cubans, shared some time together might be a great sign.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and teenage prospect Lazarito Armenteros watched parts of the game between Cuba’s Ciego de Avila and Dominican Republic’s Leones del Escogido together from the stands at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal.
There’s no prevailing word about whether or not the Dodgers are for sure going to sign the multi-faceted outfielder, but this could help bridge a gap between the organization and himself as Puig is not only of Cuban descent, but also carries clout with his words and opinions.
With Lazarito estimated to get between the $15 and $20 million range, we’ll see if the Dodgers are interested in shelling out the kind of money that it’ll take to get this deal done. If they do, another immensely talented Cuban is in the fold rather quickly. And that’s always fun.
The Dodgers will open up their spring training camp on February 19th when pitchers and catchers report, so Puig is getting the last few days of having a personal life to himself out of the way before beginning the full 2016 season. The Dodgers will need his everything.