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It’s official: the Dodgers sign Yasiel Puig for seven years, $42 million

Jun 29, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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We heard about it yesterday but now it’s official. And thanks to the new rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, this will be the last big dollar international free agent signing you’ll be seeing:

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig to a seven-year contract.

The Dodgers announced the deal on Friday. The team didn’t reveal the financial numbers, but numerous media reports pegged the contract at $42 million, a record for a Cuban defector.

The 21-year-old Puig has rarely played outside Cuba, but excelled with Cienfuegos during the 2010-11 season before sitting out last season. He has made numerous attempts to defect, and recently established residency in Mexico.

That’s a lot of money for a guy scouts are somewhat iffy on, but he’s young and the deal is long so if he does pan out as a regular, it won’t look too bad.

  1. Liam - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    I hope everyone keeps in mind the deals that Soler and Puig just got before they complain about draft picks being overpaid in a few weeks.

  2. minimoose763 - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    There’s no way this comes back to haunt them in a few years, right?

    • SmackSaw - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Big money goes around the world.

    • SmackSaw - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Of course it will. Nobody is worth that much, but it ain’t my money. In a world where Judge Judy makes $45 million a year, this kid’s getting chicken feed.

      • minimoose763 - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        I was trying to be sarcastic, but that doesn’t always translate very well over the internet.

        Anyways, this deal kind of amazes me. Puig has scouts totally divided over how his career will play out in America and most sports journalists think this was a really stupid idea by the Dodgers. Time will tell, I guess.

  3. jkaflagg - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    While they are certainly hopeful that Puig turns out to be a star, this signing is also a big part of establishing the Dodgers as a big spender in the talent acquisition area…..hope everybody back at the insurance company is on board !

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