Los Angeles Dodgers outfield Yasiel Puig made headlines at the non-waiver trade deadline when he was demoted to the minors. According to the latest MLB rumors, Puig may never suit up for the Dodgers ever again and the New York Mets can acquire him.
The Dodgers sent Puig to the minors to make room for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill, who were both acquired from the Oakland Athletics. But based on the comments of LA manager Dave Roberts, the Cuban outfielder was demoted because his attitude was detrimental to the team.
“I think as a coach, we have to concern ourselves with the whole team. As much as I care about him and I want him to be great, I mean, guys have to take ownership and be accountable for themselves, as a grown man,” Roberts told the Los Angeles Times.
According to Maria Guardado of the NJ Advance Media Group, the Mets are in need of an outfielder because Juan Lagares and Justin Ruggiano are injured. She suggested that the Mets should go after Yasiel Puig to have a second right-handed outfielder after Yoenis Cespedes.
However, Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball recently asked the Mets if they are interested in the 25-year-old outfielder. New York had a quick answer and it’s “NO.”
mets need an rhh OF. i asked about interest in yasiel puig. quick answer: “No.”
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2016
Yasiel Puig had a very promising start to his MLB career in 2013 and 2014 but injuries, struggles from the plate and off-the-field issues took their toll in the past couple of seasons. This season, Puig is batting .260 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs.
For those who thought the trade deadline has passed, teams can still make trades via the waiver wire. According to CBS Sports, a player like Puig can be placed on the waivers and the Dodgers have three options.
The first option is to pull Puig back and keep him while they can also let him go if no team claims him. The last option for the LA is to trade him to the team that claimed him and both sides can move on.
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