It’s official: the Dodgers sign Yasiel Puig for seven years, $42 million

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We heard about it yesterday but now it’s official. And thanks to the new rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, this will be the last big dollar international free agent signing you’ll be seeing:

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig to a seven-year contract.

The Dodgers announced the deal on Friday. The team didn’t reveal the financial numbers, but numerous media reports pegged the contract at $42 million, a record for a Cuban defector.

The 21-year-old Puig has rarely played outside Cuba, but excelled with Cienfuegos during the 2010-11 season before sitting out last season. He has made numerous attempts to defect, and recently established residency in Mexico.

That’s a lot of money for a guy scouts are somewhat iffy on, but he’s young and the deal is long so if he does pan out as a regular, it won’t look too bad.

Marlins unveil what they’re putting in the space where the home run sculpture used to be

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Not long after the new ownership group bought the Miami Marlins, face of the franchise Derek Jeter made it clear that he wanted the home runs sculpture beyond the outfield fence gone. In October they announced that it would, in fact, be moving out to a plaza or the parking lot or someplace you’re unlikely to ever see it because who goes to Marlins games?

Today we got a tease of what the Marlins are doing with the space the sculpture is vacating:

It was only a matter of time before that green wall went away. There are a lot of things I like about the overall aesthetic of Marlins Park, but almost all of them are because of their novelty. Jeff Loria was bad for a lot of reasons, but one of the few good things he did was eschew nostalgia and traditionalism with the ballpark. Nostalgia and traditionalism, unfortunately, is the straw that stirs baseball’s drink, so any “weird” colors or flourishes were gonna be beat out of that place as the years went on. It was inevitable.

As for the “three-tier social space,” here’s hoping that tickets for it are cheap or the Marlins start winning ballgames soon, because the Marlins can’t really fill their existing spectator spaces now.