|Date & Time||Monday December 10, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
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Word around the league is that the Los Angeles Dodgers are shopping Yasiel Puig, as the star outfielder didn’t like how he was used last season and wants a chance at a larger role on a new team. The trade rumors surrounding Puig are heating up with the winter meetings in Las Vegas taking place. While his antics and style of play may rub some the wrong way, Puig just turned 28 years old and is extremely talented when focused. There should be teams interested in Puig, as he can make a lot of teams better.
Here are five teams that should consider a trade for Puig this offseason.
New York Mets - There’s already reports that the Mets will inquire about Puig, and it certainly makes sense, even if some New Yorkers cringe at the idea. The Mets clearly want to be contenders in 2019, as you don’t trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz for the hell of it. The Mets could still use some big bats to boost their lineup and there’s a clear hole in the outfield with Yoenis Cespedes likely sidelined until the second half of the season. And who knows what you’re getting out of Cespedes once he returns. Puig improves the Mets offense drastically and his flair could make him a fan favorite in the big apple.
Miami Marlins - The Marlins are trusting the process of trading stars for prospects and building the slowly but surely way the way other teams have done over the years. However, it doesn’t hurt to try speeding up the rebuilding project. Puig may even welcome a trade to Miami given his Cuban ties, and Marlins fans love them star players from the islands who they can relate to their story. Look at the impact Jose Fernandez had on the fish in his short time, as the whole day revolved around him whenever he pitched. The Marlins and Dodgers have also a history of making deals together, so there's a trust level there. Derek Jeter and company want to prove they’re not like past owners. Bringing in Puig would help win some fans over, which the new ownership should be focused on.
Washington Nationals - The Washington Nationals are likely losing some star right fielder (Bryce Harper) this offseason, so why not try and replace him? Adam Eaton is a solid player and has been good throughout his seven-year career, but he’s also averaging just 59 games the last two seasons and doesn’t bring the power that Harper or Puig bring to the table. The Nats still view themselves as contenders with a pitching trio of Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg, so trying to beef up the lineup shouldn’t be out of the question. Adding Puig would make the potential loss of Harper a lot easier to swallow.
San Francisco Giants - Would the Dodgers be open to trading Puig to their hated rival? I doubt it, but the San Francisco Giants should be one of those teams seeing if they can compete a deal. The Giants were one of the worst offenses in baseball for the second straight season and enter 2019 with a starting outfield of Steven Duggar, Mac Williamson and Chris Shaw. It’s just not good enough to compete in a competitive NL West. Puig not only improves the Giants offense right away, but he also has the arm strength and the defense ability needed to survive in the massive AT&T Park. The fit makes sense, that’s only if these teams can get on the phone and make something happen.
Chicago White Sox - The Chicago White Sox have been linked to Manny Machado and Brce Harper, and Ken Williams said now is the time for the team to be aggressive. Well, that aggressiveness should include possible trades as well. There’s a lot of young talent the White Sox can be proud of and the franchise is clearly on the right track. Assuming the White Sox are still a year or two away and end up missing out on star free agents, making a move for Puig could be a nice consolation prize..