Since there are now reports that Yasiel Puig has drawn some interest as the start of MLB draws closer, will the Miami Marlins find a way to add the slugger to the roster?
Now that we know the Baltimore Orioles are interested in signing free agent Yasiel Puig to a contract for this season, it’s time for the Miami Marlins to once again jump into the deep end and put their best offer forward to secure the slugger for the next two months.
The saga between the Marlins and the baseball player is documented as it was Puig who told news outlets this offseason the team from South Florida made him an offer to join the club in free agency, but he did not accept their terms.
Miami has signed Corey Dickerson to play in left field and has also signed other veterans this offseason to add balance to a fractured lineup with was one of the worst in MLB last season.
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Puig would be an interesting addition considering he can play a corner outfield slot as well as possibly be used at first base and would certainly become a candidate for the designated hitter role the Marlins have plenty of candidates for, but they don’t have a stand-out every-day player like other National League teams.
Puig’s connection to South Florida would also be a nice draw if the Miami Marlins and the other 29 MLB teams are at some point allowed to have fans in attendance for the 60-game shortened season.
Back in April, per R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports, Puig told media outlets the Marlins and other MLB teams did make contact with him about signing a deal.
"“Puig recently did an interview with Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald, during which he acknowledged that the Miami Marlins were one of several teams to make him offers,” Anderson wrote.“The veteran outfielder rejected Miami’s advances, in part because he wanted a bigger contract — especially if it meant playing in front of a Cuban-heavy audience, who, he felt, might have unrealistic expectations for him.”"
It is believed the deal the Marlins offered him was for one year. The deal Dickerson signed this offseason was for two years. The 29-year-old did hit 24 home runs last season, splitting time between Cincinnati and Cleveland. Puig got his start in Los Angeles with the Dodgers and played for current Miami Marlins skipper Don Mattingly on the west coast.