Found June 28, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
The Los Angeles Dodgers have made a huge splash in the international market, signing 21 year-old Cuban outfielder Yasel Puig to a $40 million deal, just days before a $2.9 million international spending cap has kicked in. Puig must sign his contract, have the contract approved, and pass a physical before Monday, when the new CBA guidelines kick into effect. Here's the thing about Puig: the information about his abilities was quite limited, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Puig was suspended by his Cuban team this past season for attempting to defect, and hasn't played in a game since last June. I don't know how in the hell a team could give Puig such an exorbitant amount of money with so much unknown about him. This isn't like Jorge Soler, where teams were scouting him for quite awhile and had tons of footage and information. There was a huge lack of information about him, and this signing almost seems like when a NBA team drafts the European guy b...

Dodgers showcasing Zach Lee for potential trade?

Ken Gurnick seems to think so. "Lee's promotion has a dual purpose. Not only will it tell the Dodgers how close Lee is to reaching the Major Leagues, it will showcase him against better competition for clubs that will want him in a trade.Despite the investment the Dodgers have made to sign Lee away from a quarterback job with LSU, the right-hander could become the centerpiece...

De Jesus Optioned, Van Slyke Recalled, Ethier Avoids DL

The Dodgers announced a few roster moves today, surprisingly it's all good news for now. Dylan Hernandez tweets Ivan De Jesus Jr. was optioned back to the minors, enabling the Dodgers to recall 1B/OF Scott Van Slyke. The Dodgers were also given a much needed dose of good news today. Andre Ethier who strained his oblique in yesterday's game, has avoided the disabled...

Dodgers to sign Cuban defector Yasel Puig to record $42 million contract

And we thought $30 million for Jorge Soler was a little shocking. It wasn't super surprising to see the Dodgers had signed Cuban defector Yasel Puig when I checked my timeline this morning. It was super surprising to see the reported record price: $42 million over seven years. Wow. Puig (pronounced pweeg) is 21 years old and from those who have seen him, hasn't...

Mattingly upbeat as Ethier's injury looks minor

The Los Angeles Dodgers received an optimistic evaluation on Andre Ethier when manager Don Mattingly announced that the star outfielder's oblique injury should not keep him sidelined for an extended period of time and will continue to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. "Still calling it a strain in here, but it's in the better side for us, for a lefthanded hitter,...

Dodgers Land Cuban Prospect Yasel Puig

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban defector Yasel Puig to a seven year, $42 million contract according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Puig batted .330 with 17 home runs and 78 RBI’s in is final season in Cuba, and follows in the footsteps of fellow outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on signing a big free agent deal with a Major League Club. The deal appears to be somewhat risky considering...

Report: Dodgers Sign Cuban Prospect Yasiel Puig to Record Seven-Year, $42 Million Deal

We've recently seen teams gamble on Cuban defectors Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler. Now, the Dodgers are getting in the mix and rolling the dice on Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers have reached an agreement with Puig on a record seven-year, $42 million contract, according to Puig's deal is reportedly pending a physical exam, but it would be the largest dollar figured given...

Andre Ethier’s oblique “couldn’t be any better” + Scott Van Slyke up, Ivan De Jesus down

The Dodgers got … positive news on a potentially serious injury? That truly is a shocker. The Dodgers got some much-needed good news on Thursday, when an MRI on Andre Ethier’s strained left oblique showed no swelling. The right fielder is listed as day to day and likely will avoid a trip to the disabled

Elian Herrera Has Played His Role, But Don’t Raise Your Expectations Of Him

I’ll be the first to give Elian Herrera a hearty congrats on a nice start to his career and for playing his role perfectly in relief of Mark Ellis, but let’s also make no mistake about the future. With some speculating that he could be a regular down the road, I just wanted to remind

Dodgers Hot Stove: Dodgers Ready To Deal

Your latest hot stove update to kick off your weekend. We've already heard today the Dodgers have officially signed Yasiel Puig. We also heard the Dodgers rumored to be in discussion with the Padres about Chase Headley, and that Edwin Encarnacion could be had for the "right" pitcher. It's certainly been a busy day in Dodgertown, but it's never too late...

Dodgers sign Cuban defector Yasiel Puig

According to a source close Enrique Rojas of, the Los Angeles Dodgers and outfielder Yasiel Puig have agreed to a seven-year, $42 million Major League deal. The deal is pending physical. “Puig's contract with the Dodgers must be finalized by Friday,” said a source close to Rojas. “The kid could play in the Majors this year, and maybe in time to help the...

The Dodgers Offense Hits the Regress-o-matic

The Dodgers were playing over their heads early in the season, even continuing to produce during Matt Kemp's first stint on the disabled list. However, recently, the offense has collapsed completely. Can it turn around without its star?

Mets-Dodgers Preview

Already playing without injured MVP candidate Matt Kemp, the offensively challenged Los Angeles Dodgers could be in for an even rockier road ahead with Andre Ethier sidelined. They may not need a whole lot of support with Chris Capuano on the hill against his former team. Capuano looks to stay unbeaten at home and the Dodgers try to avoid being shut out for a fourth straight game...

Dodgers Have Bryan LaHair On The Radar After All

It was just eleven days ago, we heard from Buster Olney that the Dodgers did not have the Cubs slugging first baseman Bryan LaHair on their radar. I remember calling this report "silly" at the time because of the obvious fit between LaHair and the Dodgers, and because he's an obvious upgrade over James Loney. Fast forward to June 28 and Buster Olney is tweeting...

New York Mets (41-36) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (43-34)

The stage is set for Game 2 of this four game set between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Once the headlining team in the National League this year, the Dodgers have lost their best players to injury, currently trying to make do without Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Right now, the Mets can kick the while their down to make up ground on the Washington Nationals and to...
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