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


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.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”