I’m not exactly sure this is shocking news – in fact – it might be more shocking if it was reversed, but Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly today said that Yasiel Puig will “probably” stay in the Majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers even when Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford return.
Per Dylan Hernandez:
Even if/when Kemp and Crawford return, Puig will probably remain in major leagues, according to Mattingly.
There were whispers (very small whispers) that Puig may be sent down given the roster crunch that is the Dodger outfield. With Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Puig, there simply isn’t enough room for all parties. Add in the fact that Ethier is just a few months removed from signing an $85 million dollar extension and Crawford is due over $20 million annually until 2017 and, well, you run into a bit of a problem.
It’s been reported that the Dodgers, who may look to explore trading Ethier to clear a spot for Puig would have to eat at minimum $43 million dollars of his remaining contract if they did move him – an astronomical figure.