Yasiel Puig has been the frontman in trade conversations for this entire season. The right fielder did not help his case at the beginning of the season due to his poor offensive production. Yasiel Puig hit .250 in April, .229 in May, and .233 in June with a mere 6 home runs in those first 3 months. However, since coming off of the disabled list in late June, Puig’s numbers have been reminiscent of his past self.
In the month of July so far, Yasiel Puig has a .273 AVG and a .411 OBP. His Power numbers are still not there having only hit 1 home run, but he is showing signs of becoming the threat in the lineup that he once was. Unfortunately, these numbers are not enough to keep his name out of the trade headlines.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Dodgers should continue to look for a strong outfielder, bringing up names like Jay Bruce and Josh Reddick. He argues that the Dodgers should not look at Puig’s, who he refers to as Player Y, recent surge as a reason to keep him, but rather reason for another team to want him.
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Would it make sense for Player Y’s team to look for a better hitter at his position and more proficient outfielders in general? Of course it would. Which is why Player Y’s team, at the very least, is open to trading him, according to major-league sources.
His defense this season is above-average. His personality seemingly is less of an issue than in the past. He even is hitting better since coming off the disabled list, producing an .831 OPS in 89 plate appearances. But for the season, Puig still has only a .700 OPS, still only seven home runs.
Of the outfielders known to be available in trade, the Reds’ Jay Bruce or Athletics’ Josh Reddick appear the most logical fits…
Rosenthal has a fairly good case being that Puig’s numbers are not what they once have been. Now the question is should the Dodgers gamble and hope that he is coming out of his slump that lasted the entire first half? The other option would be that they trade the 25-year-old for a bat that can produce some power in the lineup. Bruce and Reddick, both mentioned by Rosenthal, have had very successful seasons so far and would definitely fill the Dodgers’ need for muscle.
We will wait and see what the front office decides to do with Puig; however, it is clear that this could be a make or break decision for the Dodgers post season chances. If they don’t decide to trade Puig and he goes back into his slump, it will greatly affect the lineup and thus the playoff race. On the other hand, if they do trade Puig and the outfielder they get does not meet expectations, it could be a waste of a great investment in Yasiel Puig.
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