This is pretty gossipy even by gossipy blog standards, but it’s so tasty that it’s worth chuckling at a bit.
Former big leaguer Andy Van Slyke was on a St. Louis radio station today and told the host that someone — he’s not saying who! — on the Dodgers went to management and said that the club had to get rid of Yasiel Puig.
Or, maybe he did say who:
And yes, Kershaw is the highest paid player on the Dodgers. UPDATE: Here’s a link to the audio of that. Van Slyke’s comments start at the two minute mark.
If that’s true — and who knows if it is, as a lot of ex-players say a lot of crazy things from time to time — how would Andy Van Slyke even know that, though? Seems pretty insider-y to me. And Van Slyke doesn’t even work for the Dodgers. Hmmm.
I got it! Maybe he knows someone who hangs out with Kershaw a bunch. Someone like, I dunno, his very own son?
Boy, you have to wonder if Thanksgiving is gonna be awkward at the Van Slyke residence next week.
If this isn’t true and if Van Slyke is just trying to sound wise he probably owes an apology to Kershaw. If it is true, and Kershaw is telling the front office that Puig needs to go, it’s gonna make life a lot of fun for the Dodgers’ next manager. Because Puig, whatever else you can say about him for bad and for good, is not in a great place to be traded right now, coming off of an injury–plagued season.
Good luck Gabe Kapler or Dave Roberts or whoever takes over.
The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.
Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.
The Giants’ outfield has been largely depleted of any kind of consistent talent lately, especially taking into account the recent departures of Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, and Gorkys Hernández. Even with the acquisition of, say, All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper, there’s nothing standing in the way of Maybin and fellow veteran signee Gerardo Parra grabbing hold of full- or part-time roles this year, though they’ll need to outperform candidates like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Drew Ferguson, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Craig Gentry, Mike Gerber, and others first.
In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.