‘Disgruntled’ Yasiel Puig could be traded this offseason

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Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times writes that there is “industry-wide speculation” the Dodgers will trade Yasiel Puig this offseason.

Puig has, for the most part, stayed out of the headlines and has been pretty darn productive over the past two seasons, so this might come as a bit of a surprise. Hernandez reports, however, that Puig is “disgruntled” over being increasingly platooned and, one year away from free agency, likely wants to show potential suitors that he’s not a platoon player.

Which, however understandable, is not going to make him many friends among his teammates, most of whom have been platooned, often aggressively, by manager Dave Roberts. That’s part of how the Dodgers role these days given their depth and given how many players they have who can man multiple positions. For what it’s worth, Puig hit far, far better against righties than lefties in 2018, with an OPS of .921 against the former and .628 against the latter.

Puig has been on the trading block many times over the years, but the Dodgers haven’t pulled the trigger. If what Hernandez says is true, that could very well change this offseason.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.