Yasiel Puig Free Agent

Age: 29 (December 7, 1990) | 6' 2" | 240lbs. | Bats: Right OF-146 RF-146 DH-1 PH-15
LAD A+ 2016 5 12 2 5 3 3 0 0 1 2 1 2 .417 .533 .667 20 20 .500 n/a
LAD AAA 2016 19 69 12 24 6 8 3 1 4 12 0 1 .348 .400 .594 8 11 .351 n/a
LAD NL 2016 104 334 45 88 24 74 14 2 11 45 5 2 .263 .323 .416 7 20 .306 48/16/35 11 11
LAD NL 2017 152 499 72 131 64 100 24 2 28 74 15 6 .263 .346 .487 11 18 .274 48/16/36 24 22
LAD A+ 2018 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 25 0.00 n/a
LAD AAA 2018 3 9 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .222 .273 .222 9 9 .222 n/a
LAD NL 2018 125 405 60 108 36 87 21 1 23 63 15 5 .267 .327 .494 8 20 .286 43/21/36 24 22
CLE AL 2019 49 182 25 54 21 44 15 1 2 23 5 2 .297 .377 .423 10 21 .380 45/24/32 8 7
CIN NL 2019 100 373 51 94 23 89 15 1 22 61 14 5 .252 .302 .475 6 22 .272 35/20/45 19 17
2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0.00 n/a
Career 7yrs 861 3015 441 834 297 681 159 21 132 415 79 38 .277 .348 .475 9 20 .316 n/a
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Other Notable June 3 Events

1888: Casey at the Bat is published in today's edition of the San Francisco Examiner.

1918: Boston Red Sox pitcher Dutch Leonard throws a 1-walk, 4-strikeout no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers. This is Leonard's 2nd career no-hitter.

1932: Lou Gehrig hits 4 home runs and Tony Lazzeri hits for the cycle in the same game, a 20-13 New York Yankees win over the Philadelphia Athletics.

1971: Chicago Cubs pitcher Ken Holtzman throws a 4-walk, 6-strikeout no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds. This is Holtzman's 2nd career no-hitter.

1995: Pedro Martinez's game cited in the above segment was a perfect game through 9 innings, before giving up a double to San Diego Padre Bip Roberts. Martinez joins Harvey Haddix as pitchers to have their perfect games broken up in extra innings.

2003: Sammy Sosa is ejected for being caught using a corked bat. He was later suspended for 8 games for the incident.

2013: Yasiel Puig makes his MLB debut, recording 2 hits and getting the outfield assist on the game-ending double play.

See other June 3 events at Baseball-Reference's Bullpen

Alex Patton Alex

A new idea for a salary raise.

Yasiel Puig (OF) - Apr. 17


Puig says he has contract offers on the table but they aren't in his price range, Jorge Ebro of el Nuevo Herald reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: He said in Spanish that he knows he "will have a team when (the pandemic) is over." Puig, who is from Cuba, also noted that he asked for a little more money from the Marlins because of the added pressure he would have faced playing in front of Cuban fans.  

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 18

Any new ideas?  Reports indicate Miami and SF were still interested. 

John Hobbs Real-Joker
Mar 25

Which leaves us Bowden's fifth and sixth. To which Phil says boo hiss.

5. Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates have the oft-injured Gregory Polanco in right field and Bryan Reynolds in left, and the trade of Starling Marte has basically given the speedy, light-hitting Jarrod Dyson the center field job. Puig would certainly be an upgrade and bring some excitement to the Steel City as the Pirates begin their complete rebuild — or remake, or whatever you want to call it. And, like the Mariners, they might be able to trade him for prospects if he has a good first half.

6. San Francisco Giants

The Giants are expected to start Alex Dickerson and Mike Yastrzemski in the outfield corners and they, like Puig, are 29. That’s not exactly the ideal rebuilding age. Why not give Puig a chance to compete with them for playing time? The Giants have made it clear they want to win as many games as possible. They signed Hunter Pence, 36, and Billy Hamilton, 29, and don’t have any outfield prospects ready to make the jump, so why not see what Puig can do? I think he could beat them all out.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 29

Though I'm sure Phil would settle for Bowden's fourth.

4. Cleveland Indians

I’m not sure if the Indians didn’t pursue Puig this offseason because of his contract demands, or if they were wary of him being a potential distraction. However, he’s certainly more talented than any of their other outfielders, except perhaps Oscar Mercado. In my opinion, he has more value than any of their plethora of fourth-outfielder types, including Greg Allen, Delino DeShields Jr., Jake Bauers, Domingo Santana, Bradley Zimmer, Tyler Naquin and Jordan Luplow.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 29

Bowden's second choice is the one Phil is rooting for.

2. Seattle Mariners

Right fielder Mitch Haniger has undergone a second surgery for core and back injuries, and although he’s planning to be back later this year, the Mariners are not expecting him until midseason at the earliest. Puig could man right field until Haniger returns and, if he puts up solid numbers, the Mariners could then offer him in a trade; they might be able to get a prospect or two back to help them with their rebuild.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 29

And his eighth choice, to my mind, is better than his seventh.

8. St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals are going to miss Marcell Ozuna more than they think, especially if rookie Dylan Carlson isn’t ready to help them. They have Dexter Fowler and his bad contract in right field, the light-hitting Harrison Bader in center, Tyler O’Neill getting a shot in left and Tommy Edman spending time in the outfield as well as several infield positions. Puig would certainly give them depth and more competition at the very least.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 29

Bowden's seventh choice makes a lot more sense than his third.

7. Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox are expected to have an all left-handed-hitting starting outfield after the trade of Mookie Betts to the Dodgers, with Alex Verdugo and Andrew Benintendi flanking Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field. The Sox signed Kevin Pillar, who can play all three outfield positions, but with Verdugo’s back being such a question to start the year, Puig would be a good placeholder in right field, at least until Verdugo is ready. In addition, if Bradley doesn’t start hitting, and Puig gets off to a hot start, the Red Sox could always put Puig and Verdugo in the corners with Benintendi in center field, then mix and match with Bradley.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 29

How did Bowden order his choices?

Here's his third.

3. Chicago White Sox

Puig could learn a lot under the tutelage of José Abreu and Edwin Encarnación; however, he doesn’t really fit well with Eloy Jiménez, Luis Robert and Nomar Mazara in the outfield. Puig wouldn’t even be a platoon candidate with Mazara because he’s a reverse-split-type hitter. I’m not sure it would work with Puig as a fourth outfielder, but if he were open to that, it could be a match.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 29

Jim Bowden, writing for The Athletic, proposes nine landing spots for The Best Free Agent Left, ranging from 

1. Colorado Rockies

The Rockies have done nothing to improve this offseason, and Puig would certainly add some punch and speed. The opportunity to play half of his games in Coors Field should inflate his numbers and give him a good chance of landing a better contract next offseason. The Rockies are set with Charlie Blackmon in right field and David Dahl in center field, so Puig’s fit would be left. He’d be competing with Ian Desmond, who’s clearly in decline, and Sam Hilliard and Raimel Tapia. I think he’d win that competition.


9. Miami Marlins

I think Miami would be a good landing spot for Puig because of the area’s large Cuban population; he might help the Marlins sell some tickets. They have Garrett Cooper slated to start in right field as of now, but if they allowed Puig an opportunity, I think he’d have a legitimate chance to beat him out. He could serve as a placeholder until their top prospect, JJ Bleday, is major-league ready, which could happen as soon as September. In the meantime, if Puig gets off to a good start, perhaps they could trade him for prospects. The one downside is that his image might not fit the type of culture that owner Derek Jeter and president and GM Mike Hill are trying to establish.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 29