At the GM Meetings in Orlando, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti is fielding calls about all four of his outfielders. There have been reports in the last week suggesting the Dodgers are open to dealing Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier this off-season.
However, to the surprise of many, there have been those suggesting the Dodgers trade Yasiel Puig as his value will never be higher and the other three outfielders hold little value on the market. According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, teams are calling the Dodgers about Puig:
The Dodgers have fielded inquiries about all four of their outfielders, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The conversations were described as preliminary. Of the four, the Dodgers are most reluctant to trade Puig, who turns 23 next month.
There have been articles written suggesting the Dodgers trade Puig for Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, but the thought of Colletti accepting a Puig deal remain slim.
Brought to the big league level on June 3, Puig ignited a struggling Dodgers teams to a 42-8 run that saw them go from last place to first place in the NL West. Criticized by his antics, Puig always seemed to take quite a bit of criticism for overthrowing cutoff men, making the last out on the base paths and “pimping” home runs.
While it remains highly unlikely the Dodgers would actually deal Puig since it’d cause a PR nightmare, it’d be dumb if they didn’t hear out other teams about what they’d potentially offer. Arguably the most exciting player in all of baseball, Puig figures to be with the Dodgers for the long-term, but it seems like GMs don’t see the hurt in asking if he can be had.
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