If you think the hot takes about Yoenis Cespedes’ hot cars are out-of-this world, just wait until Bill Plaschke or someone gets a load of this report.
TMZ spoke with Alex Vega, the guy who customizes all of the big leaguers’ cars, and he says that Yasiel Puig is buying a helicopter to get to the ballpark. And, of course, he plans on tricking it out too. The chopper, a Robinson R44, is reportedly around $350,000 used.
Puig lives in Sherman Oaks, which people in the area tell me isn’t that bad a drive to Dodger Stadium at the time of day Puig typically goes there. It’s against the worst of the traffic flow and off-peak hours, so he could probably make it in 20 minutes most days. Still, given his history, Puig driving is probably a bad idea even in the best of circumstances. Plus, if he gets the chopper, he can move down to the beach or something and not worry about his commute. Finally, doing this is a good way to say that he sees other Los Angeles sports heroes as role models.
In other news, if Puig goes through with this and does not, immediately, get the nickname “Blue Thunder,” then I am going to be greatly disappointed.
SAN DIEGO — The Philadelphia Phillies landed Trea Turner, agreeing to a 11-year, $300 million contract with the dynamic shortstop.
The deal includes a no-trade clause, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no immediate announcement.
Turner joins a Philadelphia team that made it to the World Series this year before losing to the Houston Astros. He also reunites with slugger Bryce Harper after the two played together with the Washington Nationals from 2015-18.
Turner was terrific in his first full season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, batting .298 with 21 homers and a career-high 100 RBIs for the 2022 NL West champions. He also swiped 27 bases and scored 101 runs.
The free agent market for the talented Turner likely was enhanced by bigger bases and restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year – two changes that make Turner’s athleticism and defensive versatility even more valuable than before.
He turned down a $19.65 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers in November, joining a stellar group of free agent shortstops that also included Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson.
Turner, 29, broke into the majors with Washington in 2015. The two-time All-Star hit .300 with 192 steals in six-plus seasons with the Nationals, winning the World Series in 2019.
Turner and ace right-hander Max Scherzer were traded to the Dodgers in a multiplayer deal at the 2021 trade deadline. Turner hit .338 with 10 homers and 11 steals down the stretch, and Los Angeles made it to the NL Championship Series before being eliminated by Atlanta.
Turner is a .302 hitter with 124 homers, 434 RBIs and 230 steals in 849 games. He has spent most of his career at shortstops, but he also has made big league starts at second base and in center field.