February 28, 2021

Yasiel Puig is Still Seeking a Home (FanGraphs)

Pitchers and catchers have begun reporting to camps, and all but a small handful of name-brand free agents have found home. From among our Top 50 Free Agents list, one in particular stands out for multiple reasons: Yasiel Puig. The enigmatic 29-year-old right fielder’s current plight and potential matches are worth a closer look.

Signed to a seven-year, $42 million contract after defecting from Cuba in 2012, Puig made an instant impact upon debuting with the Dodgers on June 3, 2013, and was just about the game’s most arresting — and polarizing — presence for his first two seasons in the majors. What’s an article about Puig without some video? Let’s remember some highlights.

Eventually, however, the obvious flaws in his game — holes in his swing, and mental mistakes in the field and on the basepaths, began to outweigh his considerable gifts, and he fell out of favor in Los Angeles. Traded to the Reds in December 2018, he’s coming off a decidedly unremarkable season spent with them and the Indians, to whom he was traded on July 30. He hit .267/.327/.458 for a 101 wRC+ and 1.2 WAR; the last two…

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