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Where will Puig be in 2016?


Where will Puig be in 2016?

Is it possible Puig could be in a different uniform other than Dodger Blue? Depending on how Puig starts the year off will determine what options the Dodgers brass has. With the Dodgers having question marks in the starting rotation, management may be willing to trade Puig and some prospects for a proven starter. With plenty of options available to fill Puig’s spot in right field, Dodgers may be willing to move Puig for the right price. Trayce Thompson could fill the void in right field, or if Carl Crawford is healthy and not dealt, Ethier could make the move back to right field. All this has a big “IF” around it though. Either way, if the Dodgers want to move Puig, they will need to pick up most of his remaining contract… if not all of it.

Now if the Dodgers were able to move Puig, who could they get in return? Mets have a surplus of young starting pitchers. With Wheeler coming back sometime mid year, the Mets have the option of trading a starter to replace a need in the lineup. A deal that would include trading Puig for Noah Syndergaard has been talked about in the past. I don’t see that deal being done unless the Dodgers were to throw in another prospect or two. A deal that highlights Steven Matz in return for Puig seems more advantageous for both teams.

Another enticing trade destination for Puig is the Miami Marlins. Early on in the off-season, I thought this was a good scenario and had about a 50/50 shot of happening. The one thing that may hinder this trade from happening now is that Don Mattingly is at the helm of the Marlins. If Puig is really an issue in the clubhouse, Mattingly may not want to risk bringing Puig to Miami.

One final option is the Baltimore Orioles. Puig could help Adam Jones out in right field, turning a weak outfield into a pretty decent one. The Orioles have Kevin Gausman they can send to LA. Depending on how the starting pitching is holding up for the Dodgers after Ryu and Brett Anderson return to the rotation, Dodgers may be willing to send Puig to Baltimore in return for Zach Britton services. This would drastically help with the back end of the bullpen.

At any rate, Puig is in control of his own fate. Puig’s start to the season will determine if the Dodgers have an opportunity to trade him.

Comments

  1. It's good, but I don't think the Dodgers would have to pick up his contract or even most of it. For his talent he is actually pretty cheap.

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  2. As they say, you hit the nail on the head. I agree his contract is very team friendly. With saying that, the teams I listed above are small market teams or teams that bought high in the free agent market this last off season and may not have room on the payroll. If Puig starts off the season looking like his 2015 self, the Dodgers will need to add something to the trade value of Puig. That is where adding cash to the deal comes in play.

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  3. The only problem I saw with Puig was heath last year, talent is still there. There is absoulty no way on God's green earth the Dodgers sell low on Puig. They need him to perform, if not they are stuck, if so we keep him as a center piece of the future. I don't see the Dodgers trading him while performing up to the rookie puig with the contract and GM we have. Either way I see him in dodger blue.

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  4. What about all the issues he has in the club house? The fact that other players do not like him? There is something to say for team chemistry and no matter how good of player, one that disrupts the chemistry is not good for any team.

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  5. We were talking about his ability, yes he has a lot of growing up to do. But for the most part the guy is still college age.

    I do agree with the club house chemistry which is one of the most important aspects of a Championship team. I.e Royals.

    That said, heard nothing but good things this spring. Keeps his nose clean and we don't trade him.

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  6. With Trayce Thompson, Alex Verdugo and Cody Bellinger in the minors that are coming up and in the top 10 Dodgers prospects, Dodgers have plenty of OF options. Puig has potential yes, but so do these other players. Puig has had one good year. Why not trade him for pitching when that appears to be the teams weakest point? What is to say Puig turns into the baseball player people expect him to be? It's all a big gamble and when you have younger guys coming up behind Puig the Dodgers can be willing to take the risk of trading him.

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  7. Because while those guys have solid potential, Puig has super star potential. Bellinger should be taking over for A-Gon not playing in the outfield

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  8. I agree with Bellinger. He has the option of playing in the OF depending on how the Gonzalez situation plays out over time. I.e, a trade for another first baseman. Just because a player has super star potential doesn't mean they will become one. There are many times a player turns out to be a dud instead of the next great franchise player. Not saying that Puig will be the one that fails, but dodgers have other options for RF if they want/decide to move Puig.

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  9. There is little chance that the Dodgers trade for a First Baseman, because Bellinger had a really good spring.

    Yes, the Dodgers have options just none with the potential of Puig. Royals proved you don't have a huge super star, or a fantastic rotation just a balanced line up, with a good starting 5 top to bottom, and a top of the line bullpen.

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  10. Real quick on Puig, dude has gotten nothing but good reviews from coaches and players this spring. And is hitting .344.

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  11. In your previous post you stated the Royals won the World Series without a huge super star. With that, wouldn't it be better to trade Puig for a starter or two to have a solid 5 starting rotation and still have a decent lineup? Like I have stated before, with Puig having a good start to the season can help the team win, but also allow for management to seek a possible trade if they find something they like in return.

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  12. I have two issues with that, because you can win without one it is still nice to have one. 2nd, getting a starter or two could block some of our young studs and be forced to trade them for a position player rather then keeping Puig that have been playing great btw. And it becomes a crazy cycle.

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  13. It could even be bullpen help. Bringing on someone like a Zach Britton could help out the late inning arms big time.

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  14. But giving up a super star for a bullpen arm? I realize how important bullpen has become. I just don't see a match in value for Puig and a bullpen arm.

    Now Puig a major league ready bullpen arm and a budding superstar prospect. Then yeah I could see that. But I remember when the Dodgers traded Paul Kanerko for Jeff Shaw!!!! Jeff Freaking Shaw! Let's not do that again!

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  15. Yeah, obviously there would most likely be prospects as well coming back to LA that would include a bullpen arm. There will always be lop sided trades that will not work out. Unfortunately Dodgers have had some of those in the past.

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  16. Every team does, I just want us to learn from those mistakes. And if we Trade a budding superstar for another Jeff Shaw. We will all hate the gms.

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