Dodgers Sign Yasiel Puig

The Dodgers have a history of signing and developing impact players from Latin America, but their once-impressive methods of acquiring talent faded under the ownership of Frank McCourt. Now they're back at it. 

The Dodgers announced today that they have signed 21-year-old outfielder Yasiel Puig to a seven-year Major League contract. The contract, which is worth $42MM, reflects renewed commitment to success in Latin America, GM Ned Colletti says.

"This signing shows ownership’s commitment to re-engage in the region and dedicate ourselves to getting stronger in this area,” Colletti said. “We feel that Puig can be an outstanding Major League player for the organization.”   

Puig can void his contract and go to arbitration once he accumulates three years of MLB service, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports (Twitter links). The Dodgers don't appear to have been the high bidder, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets. They never saw Puig play in a game, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com tweets.

The Dodgers, now under the ownership of Guggenheim Sports Management, had publicly stated their intention to bid aggressively on the best available Latin American players. Puig, a 6'3" outfielder from Cuba, fits the description. He agrees to terms two days after being granted free agency and four days before baseball's collective bargaining agreement imposes spending restrictions on teams. Starting July 2, teams will work with a $2.9MM annual budget for international prospects.

Agent Jaime Torres represents Puig, who appears to be in line for a record contract. The outfielder has two seasons of experience in Cuba’s Serie Nacional. He’s more polished than Jorge Soler of the Cubs but less seasoned than Yoenis Cespedes of the Athletics, according to Sanchez. The Cubs and White Sox both appear to have expressed interest in signing Puig.

Reports on Puig have been modest, Ben Badler of Baseball America reported this week. Teams are working off of limited information, as most scouts haven't seen much of the prospect since last summer.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez first reported the contract and Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com first reported its terms.


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99 Comments on "Dodgers Sign Yasiel Puig"


start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 2 months ago

The word “wow” comes to mind…

3 years 2 months ago

Yeah too much money for one and for two.. This..
“They never saw Puig play in a game” haha

dodgerskingsfan
3 years 2 months ago

schweet.

Casey McMahon
3 years 2 months ago

That’s alot of money for a unproven player.

mmiller54
3 years 2 months ago

overpay.

3 years 2 months ago

Considering the Dodgers weren’t the highest bidder, a lot of teams were looking to overpay. 

mmiller54
3 years 2 months ago

which doesn’t change the fact that it was an overpay.

3 years 2 months ago

The total dollars may sound like an overpay but when you consider it’s $6 million/year, that doesn’t seem to be all that much. 

dbreer23
3 years 2 months ago

And Soler got $3.3M/yr, and is widely considered the better player…

thegrayrace
3 years 2 months ago

I think if he was widely considered the better player, he would have been offered more money.

thomstitute
3 years 2 months ago

Thats why this is an overpay

BeansNRice
2 years 2 months ago

“overpay” good call

BlueCatuli
3 years 2 months ago

40+!?!?!?!?!?

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 2 months ago

That’s pretty much what I was getting at with “wow.” I thought this guy wasn’t supposed to be as good as Soler?

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

He’s not

BDLugz
3 years 2 months ago

Doesn’t have the same upside, but he’s closer and has a higher floor.  But wow – guess July 2nd looming close adds a (dozen) million or two.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

I don’t know that he actually has a higher floor (both of them essentially have a floor of flaming out and being a career minor leaguer), but he’s closer to ‘ready’ so he’s more likely to reach his ceiling.

Table
3 years 2 months ago

 he’s better than Soler now and the floor would be never improving. So if they both hit their floors, Puig’s will be higher.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

And they’d both be career minor leaguers.  Hooray that one is a career A ball guy and the other is a career AA guy I guess.

BeansNRice
2 years 2 months ago

Higher floor? Good call. I bet you never saw this guy play once. Just repeating the internets.

vtadave
3 years 2 months ago

Since you’ve seen both play, how about a scouting report?

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

“I thought this guy wasn’t supposed to be as good as Soler?”

“He’s not” as in “he’s not supposed to be.”  But you knew that already.  I clearly haven’t seen either of them play, but according to scouts who have he’s not supposed to be as good.  But you probably already knew that too.

melonis_rex
3 years 2 months ago

40MM?

For a guy which scouting reports had as with less polish and upside than Cespedes and less upside than Soler?

I’m waiting for this report to be refuted.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

I think it was less polish than Cespedes and less upside than Soler, wasn’t it? (I think he’s supposed to have more upside than Cespedes, but he’s not supposed to be major league ready yet)

melonis_rex
3 years 2 months ago

Yeah, you’re right on that.

gkstkddn93
3 years 2 months ago

I don’t think he’s worth $40m. But the Dodgers look quite confident on him.

Rabbitov
3 years 2 months ago

The Rockies looked quite confident in Mike Hampton.  

withpower
3 years 2 months ago

+1

3 years 2 months ago

WOW! That’s a lot of money!
You have heard of the Paining “The Silent Scream”. Well I am willing to bet there was a silent “Groan” amongst all Dodger minor league outfielders, it just got that much tougher to make the “Bigs”.
 
If I am the Orioles, I would gladly take Tyler Henson back! He’s stuck in a log jam now with the Puig signing.

3 years 2 months ago

Do you guys think its the overpay because it was the last good player before the caps go into effect,  they must have though someone else was in on him bigtime.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

Could be, I know it’s been suggested that some teams might go that route.

baseball52
3 years 2 months ago

Cole Hamels is very happy right now.

ericc123
3 years 2 months ago

An unproven Cuban position player has nothing to do with Cole Hamels.  Cole Hamels is happy because his career work at the MLB level is going to make him a ton of money as a free agent. 

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 2 months ago

Or it does because this proves the dodgers are gonna pay lots of money to players they want. And one of those players people seem to think they will want is Cole Hamels.

sourbob
3 years 2 months ago

Yeah, I have to agree here. His hopeful biggest bidder just showed that they’re willing to open the wallet BIG TIME.

ericc123
3 years 2 months ago

I guess I can understand that argument but I still don’t think that Puig has any real connection to Hamels.  If the point is that the Dodgers have proven they will spend big I’m fairly certain we already knew that irregardless of this signing.  There are a few big market clubs that can and will spend big big money in free agency.  I would count the Dodgers among them and bankruptcy/sale of the team not withstanding we all knew that already.  Nice to see the kid make some money before the new rules take effect but Hamels is going to make a ton of money anyway based off of his past performance in MLB.

3 years 2 months ago

Everyone seems to be missing this point. Under McCourt, they would have been brushed off as pseudo-contenders for whoever this guy may be. It’s a good sign that new ownership is willing to pay. At this rate, they might be willing to even pass the luxury tax.

withpower
3 years 2 months ago

I don’t think this guy really had them over that much of a barrel.  He was the one that needed to sign to avoid getting stuck with a 2.9MM ceiling.

Anybody know how he performed in the Cuban League?  B-REF only has the stats up through 2008.

EDIT: Apparently this guy hit .330 17HR in 327 AB.

asovermann
3 years 2 months ago

The Cuban league isn’t even as challenging as A level ball, stats from there mean next to nothing.

withpower
3 years 2 months ago

I’ve heard the Cuban league described as around AA level competition.  Considering American college ball is around A level, I find it hard to believe that a league stocked full of players coming up through a regimented and rigorous State athletic program wouldn’t be able to match amateur college ball.

asovermann
3 years 2 months ago

With all the reports on him I say that theres still a very very slim chance he ever hits at the MLB level, he’s still a ways away from the MLB.

BLB25
3 years 2 months ago

Thats not true.

asovermann
3 years 2 months ago

Which isnt true? That the Cuban league isn’t close to MLB level? That Puig doesn’t have that good of a hit tool? or that he’s still too raw for the MLB?

The Cuban league is far far off from MLB level.

Multiple websites have Puig lacking a great hit tool in their write ups of him, pretty much the only team who have said he’s a 5 tool player is the Dodgers who saw 1 workout of him.

He’s at least 1 or 2 years off still, he isn’t Cespedes.

dieharddodgerfan
3 years 2 months ago

This is a good sign for Dodger fans as it marks the Dodgers getting aggressively back into the international market.

Apparently, the Dodgers offer wasn’t even the biggest offer for Puig.

I fully expect to see the Dodgers continue that trend going forward.

thomstitute
3 years 2 months ago

Boston has done real well following that trend

dieharddodgerfan
3 years 2 months ago

 Agree, and now the Dodgers seem to look to be getting back to being players on the international market.

ctownboy
3 years 2 months ago

For that much money, Dodgers’ fans better hope he is not a Puig in a poke…..

JakeD
3 years 2 months ago

If this is true, then Theo and the Cubs really got a steal for signing Soler for 9 years and 30MM. Especially since Puig’s ceiling is lower!

3 years 2 months ago

one more time please.

BradyAndersonsSideburns
3 years 2 months ago

 If this is true, then Theo and the Cubs really got a steal for signing
Soler for 9 years and 30MM. Especially since Puig’s ceiling is lower!

3 years 2 months ago

Thanks bro, i appreciate it a lot. This is such a nice community.

Aramos033
3 years 2 months ago

His breakout year in cuba was about a 330 avg. 17 homers and 78 RBI’s

asovermann
3 years 2 months ago

Cuban numbers mean nothing, its less challenging than A level ball.

3 years 2 months ago

no matter how many times you say it’s just as wrong as the last time

3 years 2 months ago

6 mil a year for the best remaining international player isn’t really an overpay imho, especially for someone who is closer to ready than Soler (by all reports) if not quite as ready as Cespedes. Keep in mind the Dodgers’ org is starved for more outfield talent; their best outfielders in the system as far as ceiling goes are arguably all in A ball (Garcia, Pederson and Baldwin) so they really needed this guy, too. He sounds like a real talent with some rawness in his swing that hopefully they will fix up within a couple of years. He’s also considered to be extremely fast, and an above average fielder.  I really feel this was a signing they needed to do and given all the above can’t really be looked at as an overpay.

dieharddodgerfan
3 years 2 months ago

 Agree on Dodgers needing high ceiling talent in their system, especially bats.

A big thing to remember is Cespedes is 5 years older than Puig (26 vs. 21) and Puig is supposed to have more speed than Cespedes.

Apparently, Puig is a 5-tool player.

The fact that the Dodgers bid wasn’t even the highest bid is telling in terms of how teams valued Puig.

Apparently, Puig could end up being in the majors in short time. The thought of having Puig in an OF of Kemp and Ethier is very very intriguing to me.

3 years 2 months ago

Yeah agreed. Now, hearing reports that he could be ready to contribute this year, I don’t quite buy those, I think he still needs work and those reports could be coming from his agent for all we know, but it does sound like next year is very possible, which is already critical plus for the Dodgers, who could then maybe focus remaining FA money on another position of need (infield). Have to see how he looks to start though of course; may start in Hi-A and then AA  soon after or to start next season.

asovermann
3 years 2 months ago

Scouts are saying he won’t be up soon, his hit tool is very very suspect, I wouldn’t call him a 5 tooler.

3 years 2 months ago

you dont know any scouts, LA has their own scouts who I’m sure they trust more then you, who bases his opinion on the opinions of other posters on blogs (scouts).

asovermann
3 years 2 months ago

I was referring to Baseball America/Baseball Prospectus/ and Keith Law, but if they don’t have legit scouts I guess we shouldn’t ever use them for any scouting reports.  If they are so bad I guess we just shouldn’t use them. LA even has said that they have never seen him play once, hard to scout on that!

dieharddodgerfan
3 years 2 months ago

 Dodgers’ Assistant GM of Scouting Logan White went down to Mexico and scouted Pusig himself and took the kid to dinner.

His evaluation was Pusig is a 5 tool player.

No offense to Keith Law, but I trust Logan White more. He’s one of the best in the scouting business.

asovermann
3 years 2 months ago

Yeah I was just saying that a lot of scouts aren’t as high on him as the Dodgers reps are. Were you referring to White seeing him in a workout in Mexico? Just wondering since they claim to have never seen him in game.

sdsuphilip
3 years 2 months ago

Puig has a very poor present hit tool, also he isn’t very athletic and hasn’t hit live pitching in more than a year. He’s not near major league ready.

3 years 2 months ago

I disagree about him not being very athletic. That’s not what I’m hearing and not seeing that on the tape I’ve watched at all. He’s also the fastest (in time) of the three major Cuban signee. Agree that he’s not an immediate major leaguer though, probably 1-2 years away. 

BLB25
3 years 2 months ago

Madison Bumgarner is going to make less money over the next 6.5 years than Puig.  

3 years 2 months ago

I wonder if his cousin Porky Puig is his agent ?

stl_cards16
3 years 2 months ago

To everyone comparing this to Soler, you have to realize Soler is a greater risk. Puig is more of a sure thing and not near as raw. You also have to remember Soler can elect to go to arbitration. So if he develops like many think, he will end up with more money than Puig.

sdsuphilip
3 years 2 months ago

False, Puig hasn’t played live baseball in more than a year.

stl_cards16
3 years 2 months ago

What is false? If you’re going to say I’m wrong, at least provide a reason why. Cespedes hadn’t played in nearly a year either. That didn’t seem to hurt his stock much.

The difference in guaranteed money is because Puig is much more projectable than Soler. Soler has a higher upside because of his tools, its just so hard to project what he will be because he is so raw. So Soler got less guaranteed money but has the potential to make more via arbitration if he lives up to the hype.

sdsuphilip
3 years 2 months ago

He’s a much worse prospect than Soler, talk about a overpay/

3 years 2 months ago

I disagree, lots of teams were offering way more money then any team offered Soler. 

I swear to god, some of you need to get real, you work 9-5 jobs, you aren’t scouts. 

Josh Harang
7 months 16 days ago

Lol. I finally found a post where you were wrong.

sdsuphilip
7 months 16 days ago

Plenty of stuff I’ve been wrong about, and I think the general sentiment was that at the time but no doubt Dodgers were extremely smart to give puig that contract

rainyperez
3 years 2 months ago

So basically reports are that the Dodgers didn’t even watch this guy play a game and only saw one workout. 

3 years 2 months ago

Vintage Ned

$24144853
3 years 2 months ago

I think this is a good signing for the dodgers. They could you really use the help right now, even though he might not play this year it a good sign of things to come. Who knows, if he performs well in the minors he may get called up. Im just hoping we can get an upgrade offensively soon that can play this year.