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Remember that $42 million outfielder the Dodgers signed in June?

Aug 28, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

Yasiel Puig

Neither do they, apparently.

A couple of weeks after locking up Andre Ethier, the Los Angeles Dodgers gave Cuban defector Yasiel Puig a seven-year, $42 million contract in June. Now, as a result of the weekend’s megadeal with the Red Sox, it’s hard to see where he’s ever going to fit in.

1B Adrian Gonzalez – Signed through 2018
LF Carl Crawford – Signed through 2017
CF Matt Kemp – Signed through 2019
RF Andre Ethier – Signed through 2017

The Dodgers’ outfield is completely set for five years beyond this one, and moving Ethier to first base during the back half of his deal is also off the table. Of course, the Dodgers are plenty rich, and they could well pay someone to take Crawford or Ethier come 2014 or ’15. Puig, though, looks like a very¬†expensive¬†excess piece. And with the huge contract, he’s not going to have any trade value at all until he proves he can play in the majors.

Puig, for what it’s worth, has impressed in limited action this season. The 21-year-old went 12-for-30 with four homers in nine games in his stint in the Rookie Arizona League. Since moving up to high-A ball earlier this month, he’s hit .375/.468/.425 with no homers and six steals in 40 at-bats.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    No problem Matthew. Injuries and trades happen.

    • sabatimus - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      No way Crawford stays with the Dodgers.

      • samu0034 - Aug 29, 2012 at 5:55 AM

        They’re going to find someone else who wants to take him? After 2 pretty crappy, and injury plagued, years, I think the odds of them finding a suitor without having to absorb all of the salary is pretty unlikely. Of course I would have said the same thing a couple of weeks ago. All that said, I think Crawford is a pretty good candidate for a bounce back next year and beyond.

      • djpostl - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:04 AM

        Rofl, who is gonna take him? Unless they plan on absorbing all of the 100 million plus he is owed…good luck.

  2. randygnyc - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    I completely forgot about this signing when the mega trade was done. I would’ve been all over this….

  3. afirst916 - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    There are few teams who would absorb that contract, and even fewer would take one of those players if they’re no performing up to the contract. Whoops.

  4. Jon Weisman - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    The least of the Dodgers’ worries is what happens if Puig is good. I don’t think they or anyone else are counting on Carl Crawford to be a full-time starter for the next five seasons.

  5. hittfamily - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    The Angels would probably take Crawford, but they don’t have a stud catcher to use as trade bait.

    • hittfamily - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      Just looked it up. 17th overall pick in 2010. Fucking scumbag. I’d be fine with his release, before they end up with another Josh Hamilton/Matt Bush situation, where the player takes his great fortune for granted. Let him earn a spot with someone else, as opposed to just given one by the Rays.

      • hittfamily - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        Oh crap. I had 2 tabs open, and replied to the wrong one. This was about my anger for Josh Sale getting suspended for meth.


  6. rooney24 - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Injuries happen. Two or three times this year we heard questions of how the Cardinals would find a spot for Allen Craig when everyone was healthy. There can’t have been more than 25 games when everyone was healthy for the Cards.

    If they kid can play, he will be worked in somewhere.

  7. orelmiraculous - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Are you seriously evaluating the potential MLB playing time of a 21 year old who’s currently in ROOKIE BALL?!? Jesus, you probably would’ve criticized the Angels for drafting Mike Trout in 2009 when they had 3 .800+ OPS outfielders.

    Do you do anything but troll?

    • frank433 - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      Did the Angels give Trout $42 million when they drafted him?

      • hokiegajanisgod - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:55 PM

        They probably couldn’t…they had given that $42 mil (plus 8 mil more) the Gary Matthews jr. Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

        Was Mike Trout drafted or a part of universal free agent bidding war?

    • djpostl - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      Shut your pie hole and stop embarrassing yourself. Trout was drafted…this guy was a free agent. Trout cost hundreds of thousands…this guy cost over 40 million.

  8. jaydoubleyou22 - Aug 30, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    With the injury history of the OF, now including Kemp as well, if Puig can play, he’ll have no trouble finding ABs. Plus, with imminent baseball inflation in the offing due to enormous TV deals (both local and national, see new ESPN deal), those contracts won’t look so ugly in a couple of years. 30 million will be the new 20 million and these guys will be a bargain in the trade market.

    Remember when Manny cleared waivers every year during the prime of his steroid-enhanced career because he had a 20 million contract? Now teams would be thrilled to pay a guy 20 big ones for that output.

  9. shaggylocks - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Ha, remember when we were all like, “Oh yeah, that Puig guy.”

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