Dodgers: Five teams for Yasiel Puig as MLB considers universal DH

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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 17: A detail view of a San Diego Padres hat during the game between the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 17, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

San Diego Padres

The Padres are a team that could be in desparate need of an extra bat if MLB institutes a universal DH. As their roster stands today, they would be stuck relying on the likes of Greg Garcia, Brian Dozier, and Wil Myers to fill the role. Not exactly a Murderer’s Row of candidates.

Adding Puig would give them a sure-thing bat while keeping their bench pieces available to fill-in for other spots around the diamond. Puig would also give them much-needed power to mix into an outfield that has relatively none outside of Tommy Pham in left.

Whether Puig played a permanent DH role or cycled into right field to add some punch to the lineup over Franchy Cordero or Wil Myers, he would definitely help San Diego produce more runs during the 2020 season.

The Padres spent plenty of time during the offseason having their name tied to various marquee names in trade talks and free agency, but ultimately ended the winter relatively quietly. Puig could be a late signing that gives them some star power.