By Juan Paez
2019 was a pretty busy year for Yasiel Puig. At the end of 2018, the Los Angeles Dodgers ended their relationship with the Cuban, by sending him in a change to the Cincinnati Reds. The controversial gardener quickly made himself felt in his new team and fans celebrated his arrival: he was the new rightfielder holder, a brand new addition that would add fire to his lineup.
But the flame of the native of Cienfuegos did not ignite
until June. In the first two months of the regular round, the slugger alone
he tied for .218 on average, with 14 extrabases and 32 RBIs in 53 games with
those directed by David Bell.
June and July presented the best of Puig with the Reds.
In 47 duels between those two thirties, he released 11 doubles, a triple, 12
complete return stakes and 51 total hits. His line was a solid
.290 / .340 / .568, with a respectable OPS of .908.
But just when the fans began to enjoy the best version of the Cuban in Cincinnati, with a pair of tumultuarial quarrels included, the organization involved him in a trade between three clubs and sent him to the Cleveland Indians.
In that transaction, the aborigines acquired Puig and Franmil Reyes to offensively boost their career towards the playoffs.
Puig did not dazzle in his first experience in the American League. In 49 engagements, 54 were undisputed, with 15 biangulars, a three-corner hit and two shots between them.
He towed 23 stripes, scored 25 times and reached 21 times per ball base. In the end, before becoming unemployed and entering the market fully, he concluded his trip with the Indians with averages of .297 / .377 / .423 and without appearing in the postseason.
Now, Yasiel faces free agency for the first time. It is an interesting piece and that might not be so expensive, something that makes it even more attractive. He is young (he will turn 29 on December 7) and offers a package of tools that every set wants in his lineup.
He has postseason experience and his game is hot. Yes, surely his difficult personality persists, but nothing that cannot be controlled.
As in his time with the Dodgers, where he spent his first six tournaments in the Grand Tent, he wants to belong to a squad with chances to play in October. Your sense of competence ignites that desire. The best thing for Puig is that it won't be worth 100 million dollars.
He is an interesting player, always will be, who will raise the attention of more than one organization. The period between November and February promises to be exciting for him and his fans.
of Yasiel Puig for life in Major Leagues:
CIN / CLE