There’s a report that the Dodgers are shopping Yasiel Puig. It makes no sense.

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We tend to avoid highlighting dubious rumors around these parts, but since this is the first dubious rumor of the (for most teams) offseason, let’s use it to get our offseason debunking skills back into game shape, shall we?

So I saw this last night, from a sports anchor at WBBM radio in Chicago, George Ofman:

With the caveat that, sure, I suppose weirder things have happened, this makes no damn sense. Partially because Puig, his NLDS Game 4 benching aside, is still the Dodgers best every day player and the most versatile member of an outfield that needs to be made-over to some degree, making him far less expendable than, say, Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford. Partially because he’s a pretty marketable face which Dodgers’ ownership has increasingly used to promote the team.

But it makes less sense from a bigger picture perspective. As was reported yesterday, GM Ned Colletti is on the hot seat, with people speculating that he may be fired. It’s preposterous to think that a GM who may be on the outs in two weeks would be allowed to make a move so significant. That a team who is considering not allowing this man to decide who gets non-roster invites for spring training would be allowed to trade away one of the biggest stars in the game. Especially when the dust hasn’t even settled from the Dodgers’ playoff exit yet.

The only way this would make sense to me is if something big happened between the Dodgers and Puig recently. Something so big that it led to his benching for Game 4 and has made Dodgers ownership decide that they need to part with Puig as soon as possible. But if something like that happened, we’d have heard about it by now, don’t you think?

I don’t know George Ofman. He may be a crack reporter. But it’s rare that local radio guys are the first ones in on major transaction news like this. Maybe once in a while this sort of thing will be borne out, but when it comes to transactional stuff of this magnitude, remember that there are really only two pools of folks who tend to get this kind of news: (a) the national hot stove reporters like Heyman, Rosenthal and Olney; and (b) the beat reporters who cover baseball teams on the regs such as Dylan Hernandez for the Dodgers, Andy McCullough for the Royals, Nick Piecoro for the Dbacks, etc. etc. After that you’re most likely to hear the news from teams themselves and way, way, way down that list come local radio and TV guys.

Padres fire Andy Green

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The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.

Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:

I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.

In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.

“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”

Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.

For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.