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The Dodgers sign Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig for $40 million

Jun 28, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

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Jesse Sanchez of is reporting that the Dodgers have agreed to a multiyear deal worth more than $40 million with 21-year-old Cuban Defector Yasiel Puig.

Puig is an outfielder. We haven’t heard too much about him, but here are some things about him:

A top prospect in the island’s premier league, the Cuban National Series (Serie Nacional), Puig hit .276 with five home runs during his first campaign with Cienfuegos in 2008-09 and had a breakout year the next season, hitting .330 with 17 home runs and 78 RBIs. He did not play for Cienfuegos during the 2011-12 seasons because he was being disciplined for attempting to defect.

Ben Badler of Baseball America says scouts don’t think too terribly much of Puig, so it’s curious that he got so big a deal.

  1. cur68 - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Any chance he did a bang-up training montage and that was worth the 40mil?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      Doubt it, considering most of the scouts couldn’t even find him for his first workout. Check out this article by Ben Badler:

      • cur68 - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:29 AM

        Poor kid. Away from home, different culture, probably no family, and a collection of hard-assed scouts chasing him all over Mexico. Good luck to him.

  2. mybrunoblog - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    I know the Dodgers are now flush with $ but that seems like way too much for an untested prospect who has never played an inning of U.S. pro ball.(did he play some international tournaments?)
    Oh well, I guess who cares right? It isn’t my money.

  3. dan1111 - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    I suppose this is rather obvious, but the Dodgers’ scouts must disagree with the assessment of the scouts in question. One thing’s for sure: some scouts are going to be wrong on this one. I am eager to find out, since there’s a whole lot of not-my-money riding on it.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      This is the same team that coveted…Juan Rivera.

      • paperlions - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        …and that just way over-paid Ethier to keep him.

  4. mianfr - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Someone really needs to tell the Dodgers to stop acting like the Mets.

    • SmackSaw - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Difference is, the Dodgers have the money to spend.

      • mianfr - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        Yeah, now. The Mets used to have money to spend, too, and they spent way more of it than a player was worth, consistently.

  5. machinegunner99 - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    well there goes the Cubs chance….. thanks LA. good luck young man

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