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Yasiel Puig | Outfielder | #66

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / LA
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Yasiel Puig will begin working with club trainers in January to "shed some bulk."
Maybe a slimmer frame can help Puig avoid the hamstring issues that have plagued him for the last two years. He finished with a disappointing .263/.323/.416 batting line in 2016, tallying only 11 home runs and five stolen bases in 104 games. Puig will remain a big draft-day gamble in fantasy leagues for 2017. Dec 5 - 2:39 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Yasiel Puig won't opt in to arbitration this offseason.

After three years of major league service, Puig and Jose Abreu each had the ability to opt out of their contracts and go year-to-year through arbitration. We learned Monday that Abreu opted to go through arbitration, but Puig will stick with the original terms of his contract. He'll make $6.5 million in 2017, $7.5 million in 2018, and will be arbitration-eligible in 2019. He remains a potential trade candidate this offseason.
Nov 15 - 8:42 AM

Yasiel Puig wants to play in the Dominican Winter League this offseason.

He hasn't played winter ball since 2012, a few months after defecting from Cuba, but Puig said he wants to stay sharp and "get ready for next year." Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said he's not sure at this point whether they'll allow Puig to play winter ball but added that they'd "keep an open mind."
Sep 23 - 10:31 AM

Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer off Matt Moore in the Dodgers' 9-3 victory over the Giants on Wednesday.

Puig surely loved that one after the events of Monday night with Madison Bumgarner on the mound. Playing mostly against lefties, Puig is hitting .206 with four homers, nine RBI and five walks in 34 at-bats since rejoining the Dodgers on Sept. 2.
Sep 22 - 1:33 AM

Yasiel Puig is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Giants.

Andre Ethier and Howie Kendrick are also sitting Tuesday, with Andrew Toles and Josh Reddick handling the corner outfield spots and Chase Utley covering second base. Puig owns an .895 OPS in 12 games since his return to the majors on September 2, though he hasn't done much in the last week or so.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Yasiel Puig has been bothered by "something behind his left shoulder" for the last couple of weeks.

The shoulder issue began bothering Puig while he was still at Triple-A Oklahoma City and he aggravated it in his first at-bat Tuesday night against the Yankees. Puig remained in the game for all 8 1/2 innings, but he finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the 3-0 loss at Yankee Stadium. He was serving as the Dodgers' cleanup man for the first time since June 27.
Sep 13 - 10:55 PM

Yasiel Puig is at cleanup for the Dodgers on Tuesday night against the Yankees.

It's his first time batting cleanup for Los Angeles since June 27. Puig has three homers and a 1.474 OPS in seven games (four starts) since returning to the major league level on September 2. He's quickly winning back the Dodgers' trust with dingers.
Sep 13 - 3:48 PM

Yasiel Puig slugged a pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning Monday against the Yankees.

It was his 10th homer of the season. Puig is now hitting .357 (5-for-14) with three homers and six RBI in seven games since returning from the minors. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts still appears content on using him as a platoon player, but he could play his way into a bigger role over the final couple of weeks.
Sep 12 - 10:45 PM

Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

The Dodgers have stuck with their plan to only start Puig against lefties even as he's 4-for-9 with two homers since returning from the minors. Josh Reddick is in right field, while Andrew Toles is in left instead of Howie Kendrick.

Yasiel Puig hit his ninth homer, delivered a sac fly and walked Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

This after he didn't start either of the previous two games. The Dodgers need to put Puig in there regularly until he shows he doesn't deserve it, even if it means that Howie Kendrick or Josh Reddick has to sit. Puig is 4-for-9 with two homers, three walks and no strikeouts since his callup on Sept. 2. He has two more RBI in that span than Reddick does in 99 at-bats for the Dodgers.
Sep 8 - 1:34 AM

Yasiel Puig blasted a three-run homer on Sunday, helping to power the Dodgers to a 7-4 victory over the Padres.

Puig finished the day 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and he scored three runs. The right-fielder looks rejuvenated in his return to the big leagues and could be worth a look if he was cut loose in deeper mixed leagues. He's now hitting .265/.328/.399 with eight homers and 37 RBI on the year.
Sep 4 - 8:10 PM

Yasiel Puig singled twice in his return to the Dodgers lineup Friday against the Padres.

Puig was doing just as fine as far as singles and walks before the Dodgers sent him down; it was a lack of power that was his on-field problem. It'll be interesting to see how he's used this month. How he hits these first few days could make all of the difference when it comes to playing time.
Sep 3 - 2:38 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Brewers were the club that won the waiver claim on Yasiel Puig.

The two sides had legitimate discussions that included Brewers star outfielder Ryan Braun, but in the end were not able to work out a deal. The Brewers could again explore trading for Puig this winter.
Sep 2 - 7:43 PM

Dodgers recalled OF Yasiel Puig from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Puig didn't sulk after being demoted, batting .348/.400/.594 with four homers and 12 RBI over 19 games for Oklahoma City. He's starting in right field Friday and should see regular starts against lefties down the stretch. Puig could also play his way into the lineup against righties, as well, with Josh Reddick struggling.
Sep 2 - 5:20 PM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers plan to recall Yasiel Puig from Triple-A Oklahoma City at some point this weekend.

The Dodgers ran out of time before Thursday's deadline to complete a waiver trade for the embattled 25-year-old outfielder, so he'll return to provide bench depth over the final month of the season. He has been outstanding since his demotion, slashing .348/.400/.594 with four homers and 12 RBI over 19 games. Those in deep mixed leagues and NL-only formats could consider trying to catch lightening in a bottle if Puig is available on waivers.
Sep 1 - 10:49 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Austin Barnes
3Kyle Farmer
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Enrique Hernandez
2Charlie Culberson
3Micah Johnson
SS1Corey Seager
2Chris Taylor
3B1Rob Segedin
LF1Andrew Toles
2Trayce Thompson
3Andre Ethier
4Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Darin Ruf
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Rich Hill
3Kenta Maeda
4Scott Kazmir
5Julio Urias
6Brandon McCarthy
7Jose De Leon
8Hyun-Jin Ryu
9Ross Stripling
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Pedro Baez
2Grant Dayton
3Josh Fields
4Alex Wood
5Josh Ravin
6Adam Liberatore
7Luis Avilan
8Chris Hatcher
9Vidal Nuno
10Yimi Garcia
11Edward Paredes
12Louis Coleman
13Brock Stewart
14Carlos Frias
15Patrick Schuster