The Los Angeles Dodgers seem ready to move on from Yasiel Puig, but can they find a team to take him?
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Dodgers will “give away” Puig, however, nobody seems to be interested right now.
“The Dodgers are trying to give away Puig, but no luck. Puig, with Triple A Oklahoma City, is considered toxic at the moment, but it takes only one team to want him.”
Cafardo also spoke to a team official and had some praise for Puig if he matures.
“He doesn’t have too many allies in the Dodgers organization, but as one team official said recently, “At some point, the talent, the maturity is going to take hold. Someone will benefit from it. We hope it’s us, but it’s hard to envision it right now.”
The talent and work ethic is there, but he just needs to be consistent and with the right guidance, Puig deserves to be mentioned with the young stars in this era like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Giancarlo Stanton. Since being sent down to Triple-A Oklahoma, Puig has improved his production and is batting with a .419/.479/.721 slash line including three homers in 12 games.
Maybe being in a major market is too much for the young Cuban star, and he could flourish elsewhere with a small-market team that is currently contending and will continue to be that way for the foreseeable future. When and if the Puig from 2014-2015 returns, he will be a fun player to watch, but until then, he needs to work on his character or else his career in the states will end early.