Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig was at it again last night, as he ripped a game-tying solo home run to left field in the sixth inning against the Braves. In doing so, he made a little bit of history.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Puig is just the second player since 1900 to hit four home runs in his first five MLB games. The other? Mike Jacobs, who accomplished the same feat with the Mets back in 2005. Weren’t expecting that one, were you? Dodgers fans will have to hope that Puig has a bit more staying power.
Below is the video of Puig’s blast from last night:
With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last week and has hit .290/.369/.432 in his five year career. That’s the kind of player and contract that could bring back a mess of prospects.
Except the Marlins, it seems, don’t want to do that. Multiple reports have come out in the last hour saying that the Marlins intend to hold on to Yelich and to build around him.
That could be a negotiating ploy, of course. They’ll no doubt listen to offers and, if the right one comes along, they’d certainly give strong consideration to trading him. A good deal is a good deal.
The only question, in light of the events of the last week, is whether the Marlins would know a good deal if they saw one.