Eric Byrnes would love to play in San Francisco

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3105.jpgEric Byrnes, who was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week, told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he would be interested in signing with his hometown Giants:

“It’s not a real secret (that) I’d definitely be interested,” Byrnes
said in a phone interview. “The Giants, of course, that’s the best fit
geographically.”

Byrnes, who turns 34 next month, grew up a Giants fan and still keeps
an offseason home in the area. He’d be available to sign anywhere at
the league minimum once he’s officially released by Arizona.

The Giants are set with Mark DeRosa and Aaron Rowand in left
and center, respectively, and it looks like Nate
Schierholtz will finally be provided a chance for a regular gig in right. At least Byrnes is amenable to being a complimentary piece, telling Shea “I’m not in a position to say
I’m an everyday player.”

Byrnes batted .226/.270/.390 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and nine stolen bases in 239 at-bats with the Diamondbacks last season, but missed more than two months with a fractured left hand.
  

Yasiel Puig was late to a workout on Monday, so Dave Roberts benched him

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Earlier, Craig wrote about how Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is back in manager Dave Roberts’ doghouse once again. Puig didn’t slide into second base when he was caught stealing to end Saturday’s game, which irked Roberts.

Puig didn’t earn himself any brownie points on Monday as he was late to a team workout and was benched as a result, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Roberts said, “That was a decision he made, not me.” Roberts added that he was disappointed in Puig, though he did note that the former All-Star’s behavior has been improved for most of the season.

Puig, 26, has had a solid season, batting .259/.339/.474 with 26 home runs, 70 RBI, 66 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 554 plate appearances. While he hasn’t provided value on the same level as Justin Turner or Corey Seager, he’s been a valuable part of the lineup which makes this drama all the more unfortunate with just a week and a half before the start of the NLDS.

MLB, MLBPA grant Pirates exemption for Jung Ho Kang to participate in Dominican Winter League

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Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates were granted an exemption by Major League Baseball and the players’ union which will allow infielder Jung Ho Kang to participate in the Dominican Winter League without being removed from the restricted list.

Kang, 30, has been denied a visa by the Department of State as a result of his third DUI in South Korea last September. Kang was also under investigation in 2015 for alleged sexual assault.

Kang is under contract through the end of 2018 and the Pirates have a club option for the 2019 season as well, so it makes sense they would try to get him into some type of baseball action ahead of next season. The infielder has hit .273/.355/.483 in 837 plate appearances across two seasons in the majors. As Brink notes, Kang has already arrived to the Dominican Republic and will work out with his team, Aguilas Cibaenas, ahead of the start of the season on October 20.