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Dodgers Placed Yasiel Puig On Waivers; Pull Him Back After Claim



Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

While the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline passed on July 31, that doesn’t mean deals still can’t be made. Teams must now go through the waiver process if they want to trade a player, meaning that if a team wants to trade a player they can put him on waivers where other teams have an opportunity to claim him. If a team claims him, then the team that put him on waivers could either work out a deal with the team that claimed him, let the player go or pull the player off waivers and keep him.

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Los Angeles Dodgers recently put a player on waivers, and it may (or may not) surprise you who that player was:

It is unclear what team claimed Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, but it’s no surprise that he was placed on waivers, as most players are put on waivers in the month of August. If a player happens to pass waivers, he is open to trade to any team; however, if a player is claimed and pulled back, then he can’t be traded for the rest of the season.

While there were rumors before the trade deadline that the Dodgers were looking to move him, the front office didn’t end up pulling the trigger, and as Stark also pointed out, just because they put him on waivers, doesn’t mean they were ever planning on moving him as almost every player in baseball gets placed on waivers:

Puig is having the worst season of his three year career, as he is hitting just .241 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs in 65 games. He missed all of May with a hamstring injury and has not been quite the same player since returning.

The Cuban-born outfielder still has three years left on the seven-year, $42 million he signed with the Dodgers in 2012. While he most likely will not be dealt this season, it is unclear what the Dodgers front office plans to do with the young outfielder going forward.

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