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MLB Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers looking to trade Yasiel Puig?

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Another name we can be seeing on the move before the 4 pm deadline on Monday is Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. Where he was once regarded in high class with the Dodgers, who signed him to a seven-year deal worth $42 million dollars on June 28, 2012. When they signed him, he was opted down to the minors for less than one year because June 3, 2013 the Dodgers called Puig up and he started against the San Diego Padres. Between 2010 and 2013 when Yasiel Puig was called up, Major League Baseball saw their next generation of stars with the likes of Mike Trout, Giancarlo Staton, Manny Machado, and Bryce Harper.

Last season was the first season where Yasiel Puig was hit with injuries as he only played a total of 79 games. In the weeks leading up to the MLB trade deadline that comes at 4 pm est on August 1st, the Los Angles Dodgers have been aggressively pursuing options to part ways with him. In 2016, Yasiel Puig is having a below average season as he has seven homers and has a batting average that is hovering around .280. If you look at the four other baseball athletes who came up around the time that Puig did, it is safe to say that Puig is 5th or 6th on the list. When the Dodgers signed him, he had such a high expectation.

There are five possible landing spots for the Dodgers to send Yaisel Puig, and they are the Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, and the Minnesota Twins. With the Minnesota Twins, Miguel Sano is not panning out to the levels that the Twins were expecting. Seattle has been linked to several outfielders in the last few weeks including Jay Bruce. There are several Mariners outfielders outside of Nelson Cruz who are not panning out and are not performing well. Atlanta is basically if they are willing to take on Matt Kemp would they be willing to take on another Outfielder who has floundered in the last few years. Tampa Bay is like the other teams, and I feel the most likely case for Puig is Cincinnati. The Reds are looking to get rid of Jay Bruce, and there have been rumors of Los Angeles being interested in Jay Bruce.

For Yasiel Puig to revive his career, it may be something simple as a change of scenery. The deadline is Monday, August 1st at 4 pm ET, so there is still time that something may happen.

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