Andrew Friedman: “We as an industry, in my opinion, have failed our Cuban players.”

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Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller spoke to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman about outfielder Yasiel Puig and Cuban players in general. Friedman was very honest, saying, “We as an industry, in my opinion, have failed our Cuban players. We sign them for big money and rush them to the big leagues.”

The Dodgers signed Puig to a seven-year, $42 million contract in June 2012. He played in only 63 minor league games, skipping Triple-A entirely, before debuting in the majors in June 2013.

Still only 25 years old, Puig has been held under a microscope for all of his failures both on and off the field, some deserved and some not. It pales in comparison to the treatment of native prospects who struggle after debuting. Of course, some of the spotlight has to do with the contracts Puig and others have signed, where as traditional minor leaguers are severely underpaid until they accrue enough service time to either sign a contract extension or become eligible for arbitration.

Puig, starting in Sunday night’s game against the Giants, is hitting .357 with four extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances to begin the 2016 season. He played in only 79 games last season and posted a meager — by his standards — .758 OPS.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.