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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

Yasiel Puig Rumors: White Sox, Rockies Favorites to Sign Star Free-Agent OF

As Yasiel Puig continues to wait for a contract offer to his liking, two teams have reportedly emerged as the favorites to sign the veteran outfielder.

Per Hector Gomez of Z101, the Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies are considered the favorites to land the former All-Star.

It’s unclear at this point what a potential contract offer for Puig would include, but the timing of a deal could end up making him a bargain.

Teams reported to spring training last week with games scheduled to begin Saturday.

Compared to the last couple of years, there isn’t much left to the hot stove with spring training having begun.

 

QLE Posted: February 22, 2020 at 12:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, rockies, white sox, yasiel puig

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Yasiel Puig Is Still Seeking a Home

Pitchers and catchers have begun reporting to camps, and all but a small handful of name-brand free agents have found home. From among our Top 50 Free Agents list, one in particular stands out for multiple reasons: Yasiel Puig. The enigmatic 29-year-old right fielder’s current plight and potential matches are worth a closer look.

Signed to a seven-year, $42 million contract after defecting from Cuba in 2012, Puig made an instant impact upon debuting with the Dodgers on June 3, 2013, and was just about the game’s most arresting — and polarizing — presence for his first two seasons in the majors. What’s an article about Puig without some video? Let’s remember some highlights.

Eventually, however, the obvious flaws in his game — holes in his swing, and mental mistakes in the field and on the basepaths, began to outweigh his considerable gifts, and he fell out of favor in Los Angeles. Traded to the Reds in December 2018, he’s coming off a decidedly unremarkable season spent with them and the Indians, to whom he was traded on July 30. He hit .267/.327/.458 for a 101 wRC+ and 1.2 WAR; the last two metrics represent his worst showings since 2016, the year he played himself into a late-season Triple-A assignment after the Dodgers tried to trade him at the July 31 deadline while adding Josh Reddick as a potential upgrade. He hit a lopsided .252/.302/.475 (95 wRC+) in his 100-game Cincinnati stopover last year, and while he did launch 22 homers for the Reds, the most memorable things about his tenure were his blonde mohawk and a central role in two very colorful brawls with the Pirates, the second of which occurred just minutes after he had reportedly been traded to Cleveland as part of a three-way deal.

Puig fared better after moving across the state of Ohio, batting .297/.377/.423 (112 wRC+) with the Indians over his final 49 games, though he homered just twice.

Where is Clarence “Frogman” Henry when our society needs him the most?

 

QLE Posted: February 12, 2020 at 01:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: yasiel puig

Saturday, December 28, 2019

White Sox reportedly interested in right fielder Yasiel Puig

According to a report from MLB Network Insider Mark Feinsand, the White Sox are still looking for outfield help even after the addition of right fielder Nomar Mazara.

....

Feinsand specifically mentions Cuban slugger Yasiel Puig as the top target of the White Sox. Last season Puig played a total of 149 games with the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, batting .267 with a .785 OPS and 24 home runs. The 24 homers were the second-best mark of Puig’s career.

This would probably deeply displease a recently-retired announcer of theirs- which may be a good-enough reason to do it.

 

QLE Posted: December 28, 2019 at 02:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, white sox, yasiel puig

Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Marlins are talking to Yasiel Puig

A few years ago the notion of Yasiel Puig‘s free agency seemed kinda fun and exciting. You could picture people arguing about whether giving him big bucks was a good idea. Whether the great production was worth the circus.

These days he’s nowhere near a first-tier free agent, his 2019 season was — with the exception of one early-season bit of chaos — kind of quiet, and his lack of production has rendered this offseason almost completely devoid of Puig chatter.

Jon Heyman breaks that silence today by reporting that the Miami Marlins met with Puig this week. Heyman says the club has also talked to Avisaíl García, Corey Dickerson and Kole Calhoun. Again, not the kind of company you would’ve figured Puig would be keeping in his eventual free agent market, but a lot has happened over the years.

Will he take any of us along as he slides on down?

 

QLE Posted: December 14, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, marlins, yasiel puig

Monday, December 02, 2019

Five Best MLB Free-Agent Bargains

Part of the fun in the early offseason is the optimism teams have about signing the franchise-changing free agent. The rumor mill could lead you to believe two dozen clubs have a genuine shot at signing Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg or Anthony Rendon.

That isn’t reality. But there’s still hope for teams that don’t want to dole out nine-figure contracts to free agents. DJ LeMahieu (two years, $24 million) and Josh Donaldson (1 year, $23 million) were perhaps the two best signings last winter. Both signed for less than 10% of one (1) Bryce Harper or one (1) Manny Machado.

So where are there bargains to be found this winter? Let’s have a look.

So, are these the best options of this nature, and, if not, who is?

QLE Posted: December 02, 2019 at 09:57 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: avisail garcia, corey dickerson, dallas keuchel, didi gregorius, free agents, yasiel puig

Saturday, November 16, 2019

A position-by-position look at the free agent market

Patrick Corbin was an exception last offseason.

Amid a slow free agent market — some stars didn’t sign until after the start of spring training — Corbin’s search for a new home was over in December when he received a $140 million, six-year contract from Washington.

That worked out pretty well for both team and player. Corbin was a key part of the Nationals’ starting rotation this year, and he threw three scoreless innings in relief in Game 7 of the World Series, helping the team win its first World Series title.

Now, another offseason is in full swing. It’s hard to say whether teams will be more aggressive in pursuing free agents, hoping to land the next Corbin, but the Atlanta Braves already made a significant move, signing reliever Will Smith away from San Francisco.

A consideration of the free-agent market of the moment.


 

 

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