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True story: Legend of Yasiel Puig could only grow if phenom joins Dodgers for season’s start

That whole sentence is a pretty good argument against Puig, actually.
As are the financial considerations. By breaking camp with Puig, the Dodgers would start his service clock. If they wait about three weeks to call him up, it would ensure control of Puig through the 2019 season. Assuming he stays in the major leagues from his debut, starting him in L.A. this season means he could hit free agency following the 2018 season.

If he started the season in MLB, then got optioned when Crawford came back, wouldn’t that still delay free agency (assuming he spends at least three weeks in the minors)?

Bitter Calculus Instructor Posted: March 22, 2013 at 12:27 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Northey Posted: March 22, 2013 at 06:32 AM (#4394066)
He did look good in rookie/A+ last year, 354/442/634 in 95 PA in August but it seems crazy to call him up this quick, even with the crazy spring 521/500/854 4 SB 1 CS (2 SF no walks = lower OBP than Avg). Opponent quality has been 8.3, or barely over AAA quality so he hasn't faced a lot of major leaguers it seems. The Dodgers would be smart to leave him in the minors to start and see if he can do this in AA for April at least, ideally in AA for April/May then AAA in June/July and called up in August or September if this continues.
   2. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: March 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM (#4394260)
Where did you get the opponent quality rating. I can't seem to tease it out of google.

Edit: found it. BBRef
   3. Joe Kehoskie Posted: March 22, 2013 at 01:40 PM (#4394366)
Puig signed a 7-year deal with the Dodgers, so service time might not be a consideration in his case.

Regardless, I don't see how the Ramirez injury gets Puig into the lineup.
   4. akrasian Posted: March 22, 2013 at 01:58 PM (#4394386)
Regardless, I don't see how the Ramirez injury gets Puig into the lineup.

It doesn't. Carl Crawford might start the season on the dl, though he reputedly is nearly ready. Puig would be on the roster to play left field.
   5. Bitter Calculus Instructor Posted: March 22, 2013 at 02:21 PM (#4394408)
Yeah, I was wondering about the 7 year deal thing. Does that mean the Dodgers won't have to deal with arbitration years since they've already paid for those seasons? It's not like the money that they give to drafted players when they sign, which those players get in addition to whatever MLB salary they later make.
   6. Eric P. Posted: March 22, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4394442)
Puig's contract, like a lot of draft/international FA major league contracts, has a clause that allows him to opt for arbitration if he feels it's to his advantage. If he turns into an MVP they won't be getting him for cheap.
   7. Joe Kehoskie Posted: March 22, 2013 at 02:55 PM (#4394455)
It doesn't. Carl Crawford might start the season on the dl, though he reputedly is nearly ready. Puig would be on the roster to play left field.

Right, but the article keeps mentioning the Ramirez injury, and the weakness of a Dodgers lineup that lacks Ramirez and includes Cruz, Uribe, Ellis, and the pitcher. Puig doesn't solve any of those problems.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: March 22, 2013 at 05:57 PM (#4394599)
If he started the season in MLB, then got optioned when Crawford came back, wouldn’t that still delay free agency (assuming he spends at least three weeks in the minors)?

Correct, FA is based on ML service time and it doesn't matter when he spends those 3 weeks in the minors. And it's quaint to think about the poor Dodgers needing to squeeze one more cheap year out of anybody.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: March 22, 2013 at 06:01 PM (#4394603)
Here's what's particularly entertaining about the Dodgers and Puig:

Kemp, 7/$148
AGon, 6/$127
Crawford, 5/$102
Ethier, 5/$85 (plus vesting option)

Talk about being blocked.
   10. Tripon Posted: March 22, 2013 at 06:18 PM (#4394606)
Puig's contract is for 7 years, but he doesn't have a clause that forces the Dodgers to not offer him arbitration and make him a free agent if he still has service time requirements to meet for FA. So potentially, if the Dodgers keep him in the minors for the next 3 years, and he plays in the majors for the 4 years after that, the Dodgers would still have his rights for two years after that.
   11. Bug Selig Posted: March 22, 2013 at 07:21 PM (#4394630)
Puig doesn't solve any of those problems.


His presence would presumably occupy column inches and crowd out some of the "This is what $200m bought?!?" articles.
   12. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: March 22, 2013 at 07:47 PM (#4394641)
Come on, man, there's no way "Yasiel Puig" is a real name.

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