Reports circulated during the offseason that Puig had received a one-year, $10 million offer from a National League club. In a recent interview with Jorge Ebro of el Nuevo Herald, Puig noted the Marlins had made him an offer, so if you connect the dots, it might give you an idea of the contract he turned down.
In fact, Puig admitted that he would require more money from Miami since his Cuban heritage would be a marketing advantage for the team.
Whether that takes Miami out of a potential new arms race that could develop for Puig’s services if NL teams need to account for an extra bat in their lineup remains to be seen. Remember, if baseball returns in 2020, it will most likely be in empty stadiums, so the appeal of selling Puig to the Miami community might be lost.
That said, with the Marlins expected to be cellar dwellers this season, perhaps they look to Puig as a glimmer of hope in what will otherwise be a lost season. Otherwise, they are left with unflattering options in Matt Joyce, Jon Berti, and Garrett Cooper as potential candidates to act as designated hitters.