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.

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From Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com on the game Friday night:

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.

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7 Responses

  1. yarritsblake

    I am really hoping the Dodgers just continue this all in approach with this current class of Cuban/international prospects.  Since we didn’t commit a ton of long-term money to free agents this winter, and likely won’t do so again until 2018, might as well put all that cash towards something production this winter.  Even so, these signing bonuses are simply just that: one time expenses.  They aren’t included into our payroll, nor are they usually spread over the course of multiple years (at least with the prospects).  We’ve already scooped up three of the top 10 international prospects from the 2015-2016 class, might as well scoop up two more in Lazarito and Vladimir Gutierrez.  Can’t have too many prospects!  Plus, if Lazarito is saying Puig is one of his heroes it could give us a little extra edge and motivation to sign him.  Signing a player that would look to Puig as an example, and mentor potentially, could give Puig some extra motivation to mature more and work harder at his craft.

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