May 7, 2021

Why does no one want Yasiel Puig? (New York Post)


The MLB offseason has been utter chaos thanks to the Astros cheating scandal, but the free agent portion has been relatively calm. Most major free agents found teams early on, unlike in 2019 when Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remained teamless into spring training.

The biggest name yet to sign is outfielder Yasiel Puig. The former Dodgers star has been linked to a number of teams this offseason, but with three weeks left to go until Opening Day, there has yet to be any major smoke surrounding a potential signing.

The seven-year veteran from Cuba has been a polarizing player for much of his MLB career. He had a spectacular rookie season in 2013, batting .319 with 19 home runs and a .925 OPS over 104 games. Combined with his penchant for highlight-reel plays in the field and on the base path, some anointed him as one of the league’s next superstars.

But he never reached the same heights in the years that followed. His OPS and slugging percentage fell in each of the next three years, and he was demoted to AAA in 2016. He did mash 28 home runs in 2017, but the Dodgers traded him to Cincinnati in 2018.

Yasiel Puig
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Now, the 29-year-old is still searching for a…

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