Puig Situation Keeps Getting Weirder
The Dodgers situation with Yasiel Puig has gotten downright weird.
Puig was not with the team at Dodger Stadium on Monday and was told he would not be accompanying the team to Colorado on its current road trip. The outfielder was told that he would either be traded or demoted to the minor leagues. Even though the Dodgers acquired Josh Reddick from the A's, they weren't able to set up a deal to yield another outfielder, so they weren't able to deal Puig.
Puig appears headed for the minors today.
It's really strange that the situation has gotten to this point on multiple levels:
1) Puig's play has disintegrated from where it was during his heroic call-up in 2013. His OPS has dropped every year and he's spent significant portions of the last two seasons on the disabled list.
2) His play has picked up of late. Since coming off the DL on June 21, Puig is hitting .308, so this seems like an odd time to try to cut ties.
3) Puig signed a 7-year deal before the 2013 season and is under team control through 2019, so they are stuck with him in the organization for the foreseeable future.
4) Former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is gone, and he is the one who butted heads with Puig so often.
We will see what becomes of the embattled superstar. Still just 25-years-old, Puig has all the tools to be a successful player, if he can harness them.