MLB Rumors: Former Dodger Yasiel Puig to be pursued by Giants

Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Baseball is back, and Yasiel Puig could soon find a new home.

As Los Angeles Dodgers fans celebrate the return of baseball, a former Dodger could find himself playing for the hated San Francisco Giants this season. According to Jim Bowden, the Giants are expected to be players for outfielder Yasiel Puig as soon as the transaction freeze is lifted on Friday.

It was reported in late April that Puig was close to signing with the Giants, but rumors of an imminent deal have cooled as labor talks and coronavirus concerns have delayed the start of the 2020 season.

Yasiel Puig is currently a free agent.

Puig is a free agent after finishing last season in Cleveland where he batted a respectable .297 in 49 games, but saw his power decline with only two home runs. He started the season in Cincinnati where he found opposite results, hitting 22 home runs while batting .252.

The Cuban star recently turned down an offer to play for the Kiwoom Heroes in the KBO League. Appearing as a guest with Petros and Money last week, he said he was waiting to see if baseball returned this season, but would be ready to play.

With the designated hitter coming to the National League this year, teams will be scurrying to identify potential options, which should increase demand for a player like Puig.

The Dodgers are one National League team well-positioned for the DH role, with a crowded outfield after the addition of Mookie Betts. Perhaps both Joc Pederson and AJ Pollock could play in the same lineup. There are also plenty of options off the bench, such as Kiké Hernandez, who will lose at-bats in the field if Gavin Lux develops into an everyday second baseman.

MLB is expected to release the details of a 60-game schedule this week. However, we already know the Dodgers and Giants will face-off ten times, which will be all the more interesting if Puig jumps to the dark side.