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)