Recent New York Mets trade rumors have suggested the team from Flushing will at least check in on the possibility of adding Yasiel Puig this offseason.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets are at least expected to check in on the availability of Puig.
Puig’s name seems to regularly appear around this time of year and not for the best of reasons. While there’s no shame in getting shopped by your team, the willingness the Dodgers always seem to have in trading Puig is alarming.
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As you likely remember, Puig burst onto the MLB scene several seasons ago as an exciting rookie with Los Angeles. He received a little MVP attention in each of his first two seasons before falling back down to earth in his junior and senior seasons.
In years five and six, Puig was a little more productive with some good home run numbers to boast about. Last year, in only 444 plate appearances, Puig knocked 23 home runs. This fell only 5 shy of the career-high he had one year earlier in 570 trips to the plate.
There’s no harm checking in on Puig’s availability. As a right-handed hitting outfielder with some pop, he’d be a good fit for the Mets. He’d probably be an even better one if he had more than one year left before free agency. Not to mention, some off-field antics and a poor reputation in the locker room have many of us unexcited about the prospect of seeing Puig play for the Amazins.
Puig is a free agent after the upcoming season. Even though he’s in the Dodgers’ doghouse, the price the Mets or any other team would pay for his final year before free agency will undoubtedly be a high one.
Mets trade rumors can elicit a variety of emotions. I have a feeling that this one doesn’t get too many people outside of Los Angeles thrilled.
Although his statistics through age 27 still compare closely to Larry Walker according to Baseball Reference’s similarity scores, we all know he’s not a borderline Hall of Famer.
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I applaud the Mets for staying open-minded about everyone this winter. The Brodie Van Wagenen hire seems to have at least given us hope that they will follow-through with the changes we all wanted.