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Dodgers option outfielder Yasiel Puig to Double-A and shortstop Dee Gordon to Triple-A

Mar 26, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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As first reported by beat writer Ken Gurnick, the Dodgers have optioned outfield prospect Yasiel Puig to Double-A Chattanooga and young infielder Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Puig nearly hit his way onto the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster this spring, batting .526 with a 1.351 OPS in 59 Cactus League plate appearances. But he has logged just 95 plate appearances in the minors and the Los Angeles decision-makers figured he would be better off getting regular action on the farm.

Gordon initially seemed like a candidate to replace the injured Hanley Ramirez at shortstop, but the Dodgers will go with Luis Cruz instead and ask Juan Uribe and Nick Punto to split time at third base. Gordon is one of the fastest players in baseball, but the 24-year-old owns a weak .260/.299/.315 career batting line in 143 major league games.

  1. thekcubrats - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    He’ll be back.

    • redguy12588 - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Ya, next year maybe.

      • blabidibla - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:51 PM

        Nah, the Dodgers will get desperate around the All Star break.

  2. kingscourt25 - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Jerry Hairston Jr. Is probably gonna start at 3rd, Drew.

  3. bshaffe33 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    “Richard, is this your hat?”
    “Don’t do it.”
    “Big head in a little hat”
    ♫ “Big head in a little hat” ♫
    ♫ “Big head in a little hat” ♫
    ” Take it off ****head”

  4. fhuizar - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Bad move by LA IMO.

    This reminds me of when McGwire told LaRussa if Pujols (when he broke in) isn’t up with the big league squad then he’s making a mistake.

    I feel like the Dodgers are making a mistake. Yes he wont play much right now, but right now there wouldn’t be that much pressure on him to perform.

    Good luck counting on Urbie Doyers.

    • ezthinking - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Surely you don’t mean Gordon. He can’t hit and while he gets to everything, he kicks/throws away far too many.

      If you mean Puig, who does he play before? Ethier, Kemp or Crawford? Sit the bench and pinch hit? Wait for an injury? Hit only against lefties?

      2001 Pujols played 1b(43), 3b(55) and the OF(78) games. Puig can only play the OF.

      Let him play in the minors and wait for an injury. The LAD outfielders have a recent history of having trouble staying healthy.

    • paperlions - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      Yeah, because comparing a guy to the best hitter of his generation is generally gonna lead to solid decision making.

  5. stex52 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Good move, I think. They probably don’t need him early. If he keeps hitting like that, bring him up in June, or if you have a spot open.

    He needs at-bats.

    • paperlions - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      …and if he can’t learn to control the strike zone, MLB pitchers will eat him up. Patience was the big question mark with Cespedes, but he showed much more than Puig has, and he adapted very quickly (and was much older and more experienced).

  6. losanginsight - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Good move. Crawford is looking good and Ethier needs to enhance trade value.
    Money in the bank IMO.

  7. db105 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    One of the 3 OFs will be injured before the end of April. He’ll be back soon.

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