Essentially two weeks into the 2015 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are riding a seven-game winning streak and sitting in first place of the National League West division largely without significant contributions from Yasiel Puig.
Whereas Adrian Gonzalez has been on a hot streak since Opening Day, Puig’s struggled at the plate and recently has been slowed by a troublesome left hamstring. He returned Saturday after missing three straight games but missed action Sunday due to lingering soreness in the hamstring.
While Puig attempts to get right on the field, he’s also moving closer toward reaching a resolution in a significant off-the-field matter. According to Nathan Fenno of the LA Times, Puig’s attornery is attempting to negotiate a settlement with Miguel Angel Corbado Daudinot, who filed a $12-million defamation lawsuit against his client:
The attorney for Yasiel Puig is negotiating a settlement to a federal lawsuit that faults the Dodgers outfielder for the alleged torture and imprisonment of a Cuban man.
A filing by Daudinot’s attorneys in a Miami U.S. District Court indicates the parties involved are not far apart on an agreement and one could be reached with additional time to negotiate:
The gap between the parties’ respective positions is not wide and may be breached with further negotiation. “The parties believe that they may be able to reach an understanding given just a little more time,” the filing said.
A federal judge denied a second request from Puig to dismiss the lawsuit in November as Daudinot was imprisoned in Cuba, where he currently remains.
Daudinot alleges Puig defamed him to Cuban authorities, which led to imprisonment and he’s suing under the Torture Victims Protection Act. Should a settlement not be reached, Puig’s case has a November trial date.
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