Yasiel Puig is a good ball player.
With all a severity and debate swirling around a Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, it’s easy to remove steer of that fact. But it’s a fact, nonetheless.
And yet, it’s been a while given a formula were consistently there for Puig.
The pierce came after long trade speculation, as Gurnick outlined.
“Puig’s demotion culminates dual weeks of play and intrigue, commencement with a reported parsimonious hamstring, followed by some-more than a week of singular personification time and trade rumors,” Gurnick wrote. “According to his agent, Puig was told that he would be traded Monday, and if he wasn’t and a Dodgers acquired an outfielder, Puig would be demoted.”
The Dodgers acquired an outfielder during a trade deadline, landing Josh Reddick along with southpaw starter Rich Hill from a Oakland A’s.
And certain enough, Puig was demoted.
It’s a steep, vertigo-inducing tumble for a male who was one of a game’s many sparkling stars usually a few seasons ago.
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Puig detonate onto a stage in 2013, posting a .925 OPS in 104 games and finishing second in National League Rookie of a Year voting. The following year, he was an All-Star and top-20 NL MVP finisher.
In 2015, however, Puig seemed in usually 79 games while battling damage and craziness and posted a career-low .758 OPS.
His problems extended over normal flourishing pains. In Dec 2015, Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller embellished a design of a actor teetering on a brink:
Tucked somewhere among a carnal stories of Greinke tossing Puig’s container off a train and onto a travel in Chicago, ace Clayton Kershaw allegedly advising a Dodgers front bureau this winter to dump a outfielder and third baseman Justin Turner roughly removing into a quarrel with Puig final open looms one of a biggest questions confronting a Dodgers for 2016:
Is a attribute between Puig and his teammates inside a Dodgers’ hall irreparably broken?
Not everybody suspicion it was. Veteran initial baseman Adrian Gonzalez, for one, came to Puig’s invulnerability during a time.
But one former Dodger didn’t chop words.
“He is a misfortune chairman I’ve ever seen in this game,” a unnamed actor said, per Miller. “Ever.”
That might sound like exaggeration sparked by Puig’s brash, bat-flipping antics. The aged propagandize contrary with a new school, with predictably churlish results.
But a majority of justification leans toward Puig being a polarizing hall presence.
That’s excellent when you’re producing. When you’re not? That’s a opposite story.
So as Puig struggled with career lows in on-base commission (.320) and slugging commission (.386) in 2016, a ill will apparently festered.
Suddenly, a 25-year-old metaphysical contestant with five-tool intensity found himself ticketed for train rides in a teenager leagues.
Before that, a Dodgers put Puig on a trade block, per Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, though didn’t accept an excusable offer.
So they sent him down, unceremoniously, notwithstanding a fact that he strike .308 with an .830 OPS given returning from a hamstring injury.
Clearly, Los Angeles had reached a finish of a wire with Puig.
Reddick is usually a rental, nonetheless a bar now seems prepared to expel aside a male who looked like a authorization building retard a few brief years ago. Even, it’s value noting, in a midst of a parsimonious local competition with a archrival San Francisco Giants, when a few prohibited weeks from Puig could make all a difference.
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The subsequent judicious step is for a Dodgers to put Puig on waivers and see if they can pierce him before Aug. 31. Sports Illustrated‘s Jay Jaffe, among others, listed Puig as a heading waiver candidate. If that doesn’t happen, demeanour for Los Angeles to aggressively emporium him over a winter in a diseased free-agent class.
It’s easy to suppose a extraordinary bar holding a flier. Again, Puig is usually 25. He’s recently private from formula that teased luminary possibilities. And he’s sealed into an affordable agreement that pays him reduction than $20 million by 2018.
Plenty of players his age are reckoning out a league, forget lighting it on fire.
In a way, Puig is like a comet that burnt quick and splendid opposite a sky. The doubt now is, will he pile-up to Earth or strain opposite a heavens once again?
There are no guarantees. Puig’s reign with a Dodgers is expected entrance to an finish one approach or another.
But he’s still a good ball player. Surely that will be adequate for someone, somewhere to give him a second chance.