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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Yasiel Puig in no rush to sign, doesn’t think MLB will return in 2020

Nearly six months after becoming a free agent, Yasiel Puig says he’s no closer to signing a contract.

Given the current circumstances, he doesn’t think that will change anytime soon.

In a recent interview with Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald, the former Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians outfielder opened up on how the coronavirus pandemic and Major League Baseball’s subsequent shutdown has impacted his free agency.

Among the notable talking points: Puig revealed that he’s in no rush to sign given the uncertainty in the world and specifically around baseball. In fact, Puig indicated his focus is slowly turning toward 2021.

For those curious about the last man standing when the hot stove ended this off-season.

 

QLE Posted: April 18, 2020 at 12:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, yasiel puig

Friday, March 27, 2020

MLB, players agree to $170M deal on early season pay, cut down draft

Major League Baseball and the players association have reached a tentative agreement regarding several issues surrounding a potentially shortened or canceled season, sources confirm to Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan first reported the deal Thursday night.

MLB owners have agreed to advance players portions of salaries to be spread out over April and May. If there is no season, that money will be kept by the players. Each of the 30 teams will contribute just short of $95,000 per day to eligible players for 60 days or until start of 2020 season, not to exceed $170 million. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal adds that salaries will be pro-rated based on length of season, and players have agreed not to sue for full salaries.

As previously reported, the players would accrue a full year of service time if they are active for the shortened season. If the season is canceled, players would gain the same amount of service time they accrued in 2019, which is important because it means players like Mookie Betts or Trevor Bauer would become free agents as scheduled.

 

QLE Posted: March 27, 2020 at 12:49 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, free agency, labor issues, negotiations, salaries, service time, shortened season

Friday, February 28, 2020

Yasiel Puig is still a free agent

Around this time last year, the ink was drying on Manny Machado‘s 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres and Bryce Harper was about to put the finishing touches on his 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies. We had gotten used to premier free agents hanging out in limbo until late February and even into March. This past offseason, however, was a return to normal. The top three free agents — Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Stephen Strasburg — all signed in December. Once the big names are off the board, the lesser free agents subsequently tend to find homes. There were a handful of noteworthy signings in January, but pretty much everyone was off the board when February began.

There are a handful of free agents remaining as I write this, with one name really sticking out: Yasiel Puig. Last season, between the Reds and Indians, Puig hit .267/.327/.458 with 24 home runs, 84 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases in 611 plate appearances. He was one of only seven players in the league last year to hit at least 24 home runs and swipe at least 19 bases. While Puig has had some problems over the years, he still possesses a rare blend of power and speed that would seem useful.

But is he living in Paris?

 

QLE Posted: February 28, 2020 at 12:52 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, yasiel puig

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Remember Rusney Castillo? He’ll make $14 million in Triple-A, then finally become a free agent

FORT MYERS, Fla.—On an unseasonably cool Florida afternoon, Red Sox regulars scattered like mice before the start of the annual spring training exhibition vs. Northeastern.

None of them were going to play, and therefore, none had to stay, the promise of a rare afternoon off beckoning like an oasis.

So in their place, a parade of prospects, minor leaguers, and fringe performers comprised the starting nine. Some—such as center fielder Jarren Duran—may have a future in Boston. Others—such as third baseman Chad De La Guerra or left fielder John Andreoli—are household names only in their own households.

But there, batting cleanup and playing right field, was a man with more name recognition than all of them combined, finishing his Red Sox career in a peculiar purgatory, population: one.

One of the strangest baseball stories of this period approaches an end.

 

QLE Posted: February 22, 2020 at 01:20 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, rusney castillo, triple a

 

 

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