Dodgers News: Mystery Team Claims Yasiel Puig Off Waivers
Yasiel Puig, the third-year outfielder from the Los Angeles Dodgers, has been claimed on revocable waivers by a mystery team, per several reports, giving L.A. the option to work out a trade with the unknown team.Advertisement
Earlier this month, the 25-year-old was relegated to Triple-A Oklahoma City, a minors team, after the Dogers failed to find a suitor for him prior to the non-waiver trade deadline.
The story was first broken by Today’s Knuckleball. “More than one team has been interested in trading for him, so that’s probably even likely. And it’s also possible he was claimed only to block another team from acquiring him,” reported MLB insider John Heyman.
Puig told ESPN in an interview Monday that the move to a Triple A team has taught him some humility and would enable him to resume his major league career with more determination.
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Yasiel Puig gets humbled
“The moment I arrived in L.A., people were crazy for me — 50-60 thousand people (cheering) at the stadium. I got used to that amount of fans. Getting to Triple-A and not seeing as many fans is not very appealing or fun to play baseball, but this is what I have to do for my future,” said Puig, who is often viewed as a mercurial talent.
Meanwhile, Dodgers coach Andrew Friedman said that he had noticed a major change in the attitude of Puig since the outfielder was moved to Oklahoma City.
“I think the conversations we had with him at the beginning of August really resonated with him. I think there has been a very conscious effort to listen to what was said and to apply it to his daily work. The reports from (OKC manager) Bill Haselman are very good,” Friedman said ahead of the team’s game against Colorado on Tuesday.
Friedman also revealed that the team was still unsure of how to approach the situation. “We have gotten into a decent amount of it in terms of our initial wave of call ups and subsequent callus and how different guys will be used. That is something we will spend more time on tonight, tomorrow and try to finalize it Friday.”
Yasiel Puig, who made the All-Star game in 2014, signed a seven-year, $42 million contract in 2012.