ICYMI: #BillPlaschke rips #YasielPuig in the LAT. #YellowJournalism #EscritorAmarillista @YasielPuig | Here is part of the article: His celebratory emotion is wonderful, he can inspire an entire city with one fist pump or tongue wag, and I personally wish he would flip his bat with every big hit, he can be that much fun. He has made a mark on this city with his community service, and as recently as Wednesday night, he stayed on the field long after batting practice signing autographs.
But as an actual Dodgers on-field contributor whose greatness outweighs his foibles, Puig’s time probably has passed.
Realistically, he has done little in his six seasons here to live up to the hype. He has had more than 20 home runs and 70 runs batted in only once, and this year he probably will fail to reach either mark. Either he’s not healthy, or not focused, or both, and now even his saving grace is failing him.
He’s no longer a great outfielder. He helped cost the Dodgers a couple of games recently with lousy plays, and it’s becoming a trend. According to Fangraphs, his defensive rating is the worst of his career and ranks him among the bottom 20 outfielders. He also has reverted to some of his tardiness habits, recently showing up 21 minutes after the usual reporting time for a home game.
Here’s guessing the Dodgers aren’t fooled. They’ve sent him to the minors, they’ve talked about dealing him, they’ve tried everything, and are surely beyond weary of his act.
Dave Roberts defended Puig on Wednesday afternoon, saying, “I felt it was instigated and he reacted.’’ But the manager also said they would chat, acknowledging, “Do I wish he could have stayed in the game? Absolutely. That’s the part I’m going to talk to Yasiel about, he’s more valuable in the game than out of the game, that’s something we’re going to talk about.’’ Next season is the final year of his contract, so this offseason would be the perfect time to finally deal with the Yasiel Puig situation, once and for all. In doing so, the Dodgers could allow him to perform his greatest service since joining the team in those magical early months of the 2013 season.
Trade him for a reliever. Source: LAT