It’s been a wild ride for Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers since he burst onto the scene in 2013.
Since then, Puig has been an All-Star, been benched for being late, been sent to the minors, been a postseason hero and remained one of the faces of the franchise. He’s also been the subject of many trade rumors.
The latest report is that Puig is not a fan of the platoon situation he has found himself in over the past two seasons. The dynamic outfielder has struggled against left-handers and because of that, he does not always start with a lefty on the mound.
Dylan Hernandez writes:
…Puig was disgruntled by how he was limited to playing against right-handers, according to people familiar with his thinking who spoke under the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject. The frustration was said to affect his play, and Puig is now described as distrustful of management and open to playing for another team.
As always, reports like this aren’t always true but they also can’t be fully discredited at this point.
The 28-year-old may not comment on the situation so we may never truly know. Puig has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, mostly with the Cleveland Indians and the Dodgers getting a starting pitcher in return. It’s the final year of Puig’s contract and he will have the chance to experience free agency for the first time following the 2019 season.
The winter meetings are underway in Las Vegas this week and Puig’s situation could become a bit more clear in the coming weeks.