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While many of us thought for certain the upper management crew of the Dodgers would place Yasiel Puig on waivers during the final few weeks of August, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported early Saturday that the front office has no intention of trading the 25-year-old outfielder at this juncture of the season.
Although Rosenthal indicated the Dodgers probably haven’t considered adding him to an already complex 25-man roster up until now, he did suggest that management is currently having internal discussions about recalling him before Wednesday — the final day that a player needs to be added to the roster in some capacity in order to be eligible to participate in the playoffs.
Per Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Puig has gone 22-for-57 with a .386 average in 15 games since being demoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, including four home runs, three doubles, five walks, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored. He also mentioned that Puig has hit safely in 12 of 15 games, and has reached base in 13 of those contests.
Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts confirmed that Puig has indeed played extremely well for OKC, and has heard nothing but positive feedback regarding his behavior, work habits and social skills from Oklahoma City manager Bill Haselman.
When reporters asked Roberts if Puig would return to the bigs before rosters expand next week, he really didn’t offer much intriguing insight.
“That’s a fair question,” Roberts said. “We haven’t decided that yet.”
If the front office is intent on improving the 25-man roster heading into the stretch run of the season, as was indicated by president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman after the A.J. Ellis trade, right field should certainly be a spot on the field which is examined to determine a possible adjustment for an upgrade.
Any informed fan of the Dodgers would surmise if management remains intent on sticking with recently acquired Josh Reddick moving forward, that Puig, who almost always provides a much welcomed infusion of enegy whenever he appears, would be the perfect platoon partner in right field or as a bench player. Before Saturday’s contest against Chicago, Reddick was hitting a paltry .147/.210/.160 in 81 plate appearances since the trade, and even worse than that when he faces left-handed pitching.
All that being said, we haven’t even mentioned Andrew Toles, who has impressed pundits with very impressive offensive numbers and a solid glove, and is making a strong case for a considerably more amount of playing time. Whatever the case becomes with Toles, there’s still a five-tool player mashing the ball on the farm named Puig, who certainly has the ability to improve the performance potential of any squad, at least on paper.
Be sure to check back in with us tomorrow, when friend of the blog and Dodgers guru Todd Boldizsar examines the situation surrounding Puig, and offers up a few perspectives and opinions in a very thorough editorial.
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