The Dodgers are reportedly “trying to give away Puig” but have had no luck

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I’m taking this one with a serious grain of salt, at least as far as the characterization of “give a guy away” is concerned. The report is from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, who says this about the Dodgers’ efforts to trade away their erstwhile major league right fielder:

“The Dodgers are trying to give away Puig, but no luck. Puig, with Triple-A Oklahoma City, is considered toxic at the moment, but it takes only one team to want him,” Cafardo said.

“He doesn’t have too many allies in the Dodgers organization, but as one team official said recently, ‘At some point, the talent, the maturity is going to take hold. Someone will benefit from it. We hope it’s us, but it’s hard to envision it right now.'”

Puig is raking at Triple-A right now (.419/.479/.721 3 HR, 2 2B, 1 3B 11 RBI) and, for all of his missteps and injury issues over the past couple of years, is still a young player with a lot of obvious talent. He’s owed $14 million over the next two years, but that’s not a ton of money these days for a potential plus-bat, even for a risk like Puig. If the Dodgers can’t trade him right now I suspect it’s because their definition of “give him away” is not the same as everyone else’s. Maybe he doesn’t get as big a return as a lot of players with his talent might, but a lot of teams would take a chance on him, I’d think, before he was simply given up for nothing.

In other news, three years ago today I wrote this thing about what we talk about when we talk about Yasiel Puig and other Latino baseball players. I suspect a good bit of the same vague and assumptive dynamics go into talking about such players’ trade  value as go into characterizing them as human beings.

(via The Score)

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.