Cubs place David Ross on 7-day concussion disabled list

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According to Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald, the Cubs have placed veteran catcher David Ross on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Ross has been dealing with symptoms since he took a ball of his mask during Wednesday’s game against the Mets.

The Cubs have called up Taylor Teagarden to take Ross’ spot on the active roster. Teagarden, who has previously appeared in the majors with the Rangers, Orioles, and Mets, was batting .294/.375/.437 with four home runs and 19 RBI over 43 games this season with Triple-A Iowa. Many Cubs fans would surely like to see Kyle Schwarber rather than Teagarden, but the team clearly feels like he needs more work with his catching in the minors.

Ross, 38, is batting .189/.302/.284 over 87 plate appearances this season. He suffered two concussions with the Red Sox in 2013 and missed a large chunk of the second half before playing a significant role during the team’s World Series run.

Yasiel Puig is still a free agent

Yasiel Puig
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Around this time last year, the ink was drying on Manny Machado‘s 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres and Bryce Harper was about to put the finishing touches on his 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies. We had gotten used to premier free agents hanging out in limbo until late February and even into March. This past offseason, however, was a return to normal. The top three free agents — Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Stephen Strasburg — all signed in December. Once the big names are off the board, the lesser free agents subsequently tend to find homes. There were a handful of noteworthy signings in January, but pretty much everyone was off the board when February began.

There are a handful of free agents remaining as I write this, with one name really sticking out: Yasiel Puig. Last season, between the Reds and Indians, Puig hit .267/.327/.458 with 24 home runs, 84 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases in 611 plate appearances. He was one of only seven players in the league last year to hit at least 24 home runs and swipe at least 19 bases. While Puig has had some problems over the years, he still possesses a rare blend of power and speed that would seem useful.

The Marlins, White Sox, and Rockies have been linked to Puig this offseason. His market has been otherwise quiet since he became a free agent. The Athletic’s Jim Bowden suggests Puig will have to settle for a “pillow contract” — a one-year deal with which Puig reestablishes his market value, aiming to pursue a multi-year deal the following offseason. Along with the aforementioned three teams, Bowden suggests the Mariners, Indians, Pirates, Giants, Red Sox, and Cardinals as other teams that could potentially fit with Puig, which is not to be confused with teams having expressed interest in his services.