Dodgers Scariest Offseason Scenarios
By Alex Campos
Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
3. Selling low on Yasiel Puig
Puig is the most divisive name on the Dodgers, but he undeniably is coming off his worst season as a Dodger. Injuries piled up and every time he got in rhythm, his hamstring gave out and he missed time. However, you don’t trade a 24-year-old outfielder that’s been in the top 25 in MVP voting and worth about 5.0 WAR in each of his first two seasons. You especially don’t trade that outfielder if he’s signed to a team-friendly contract (roughly $7 million next year, increases by a million until arbitration in 2019) and coming off the one bad season of his career.
OK, there are a couple situations in which you trade Puig. If a team makes a Godfather offer, you accept it. Sonny Gray? Jose Fernandez? Bryce Harper? I’ll drive Puig to LAX myself. Especially if the Dodgers go hard after Jason Heyward in free agency. But to me, you can’t trade Puig for an older player or a more expensive player.
When healthy, Puig is the best position player on the Dodgers (until Corey Seager takes over the world). He’s dynamic, he makes plays that no one else in baseball makes and brings so much energy. Why sell low on that?
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