Yasiel Puig is not going to be traded this season.
Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that the Dodgers placed the 24-year-old outfielder on revocable waivers last week but promptly pulled him back when he was claimed by another team. Puig is no longer eligible to be dealt ahead of the August 31 waiver deadline.
It’s not known which club tried to acquire him.
Puig has been a disappointment in his third MLB season, batting just .241/.314/.409 entering play Tuesday, but he’s still young and on a very team-friendly contract for a player of his caliber. There’s been talk of the Dodgers being open to trade proposals, but no hint of actual negotiations taking place.
Puig is making $6.2 million this season and owed just $24.6 million total through the 2018 campaign.
You can live through some of the headaches for his relatively low cost and immense upside.
Yasiel Puig has not started three of the Dodgers’ last seven games, all against righties, as Don Mattingly has tried to work Carl Crawford back into the outfield rotation. Puig sitting in such situations is not something anyone would’ve predicted before the season — he seemed like the one true lock in the outfield — but a year of injury and frequent ineffectiveness has made that the right move, to be honest.
Mark Saxon of ESPN reports that Mattingly had a sit-down with Puig about it before yesterday’s game, and that it actually went OK:
“I just let him know that he’s not just going to automatically be out of there against righties. He’s going to be in there, it’s just occasional days off,” Mattingly said. “I know a couple have come here recently as we want to mix Carl back in.
“He seemed to be OK with it. He didn’t look like he was ready to hit me or anything,” Mattingly joked.
Man, that Puig. Not showing any fire when told that he’s not gonna play every day. A real scrappy professional would’ve been ready to hit his manager in that situation.
In all seriousness, though, Puig could use the time off. Look at this bat flip:
Need to get back on track before he completely forgets how to flip ’em.
Zack Greinke got the win this afternoon against the Phillies, but he wasn’t at his best on the mound, allowing six runs (five of them in the first inning) over six innings of work. However, he had a heck of a day with the bat, finishing 3-for-3 with his fifth career home run. Watch his solo shot and bat-flip against David Buchanan:
You might think that Greinke learned his bat-flipping skills by watching Yasiel Puig or Juan Uribe. On the contrary, he says.
Just in case there’s any doubt remaining, Zack Greinke is the best.