The Los Angeles Dodgers interest in Bryce Harper was genuine. Enough so, that at the waiver trade deadline; Yasiel Puig was offered in an undisclosed deal. This bit of information was given to us via the Los Angeles Times in a report by Jorge Castillo.
The Dodgers also don’t have a glaring need for an outfielder — their crowded depth chart includes Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, Matt Kemp, Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor — but that didn’t stop them from expressing interest in acquiring Harper before the nonwaiver trade deadline in July and again in August when they claimed him off waivers before the waiver trade deadline. The Dodgers offered Puig in a trade, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, but the two sides could not strike a deal.
Nevertheless, this is interesting. The current ownership group and Dodgers’ staff is thought to be high on Puig. On one hand, details of a potential Puig deal were not released. However, talks definitely took place – and the Dodgers were willing to part with the Cuban outfielder if need be.
Within the article, Andrew Friedman would not indicate if the Dodgers are going to be in pursuit of Bryce Harper. That said, when a player of Puig’s stature within an organization has his name tossed around within possible moves; there is probably some levity to the situation.
Puig finished the 2018 season with a 2.7 fWAR. This included 23 home runs, 15 steals, and an .820 OPS.
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