As of right now, Yasiel Puig is still a free agent. If the Milwaukee Brewers offense remains inconsistent, signing a slugger like Puig could help the team moving forward.
Puig’s 2019 and 2020 Seasons
Right before the season, Puig was all set to join the Atlanta Braves. His deal was pending a Covid-19 test, which he unfortunately, tested positive for.
Many assumed after he self quarantined for two weeks he would join a team like the Braves right away, but it never happened.
Last year, Puig batted .267 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs with a .800 OPS. He played for Cincinnati and Cleveland in 2019. The Brewers could use his offensive production right now.
Puig’s Ongoing Issues
One issue with the 29-year-old is his series of incidents throughout this career. He was always getting into spats on the diamond, including a bench-clearing brawl last year.
Puig has been known to show up late, not treat staff the greatest, get into arguments with teammates, and plenty of other stories and issues that are easily researchable. He even said in an interview that he “never worked hard” when he was with the Dodgers for the first six years of his big league career.
Puig even got into a spat with Zach Greinke. Greinke. It takes a special kind of troublemaker for Greinke to throw Puig’s suitcase into a busy Chicago street.
Another issue with Puig is he was a Los Angeles Dodger.
He was one in 2018 when Milwaukee was one win away from a trip to the World Series. Puig was someone who helped prevent that, including a monster three-run home run off of Jeremy Jeffress to seal their fate to the World Series.
Would the Brewers and fans embrace him at all? Most signs point to no, but another Dodger from that 2018 team has already played for Milwaukee, Yasmani Grandal.
Even though he only was in Milwaukee for one year, he left a beloved player. Many people still are sad to see him on the White Sox.
Would Milwaukee sign Puig?
Are chances good that the Brewers will sign Puig? No.
They will probably not take any chance of locker room problems while the team is still forming chemistry and trying to click offensively.
But, Milwaukee could also use a talented player who can take their offense to the next level and bring some excitement and attention to the team. What are your thoughts?