Once at the top of the baseball world, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's days in Chavez Ravine seem to be reaching an end. After a deadline deal that brought in Rich Hill, the Dodgers also brought in outfielder, Josh Reddick to come in and play right.
Now we've all seen Puig when he's on; he's an absolute monster and a real joy to watch. The only problem is, ever since he burst onto the scene back in 2013, he's been on a decline.
Through the All-Star break of the 2014 season, Puig hit .314 with 31 homers in a little over 162 games. Since that point, he's hitting a less than impressive .260 with only 24 homers in 2 years. This lack of recent production has led him to being optioned down to AAA after 4 years in the majors. Now Puig has been battling various hamstring injuries over the years so that could lead to the lack of offensive production and defensive capabilities since 2014.
Puig now has 2 years and $17 million left on his contract after this season, making his contract look delicious to a team like the Red Sox, who were forced to call up 2nd-year professional ball-player, Andrew Benintendi to come play left. Benintendi is 22-years-old and has excelled both offensively and defensively in AA. Problem is, he hasn't played an inning in AAA, making it a controversial move to call him up. But the Sox are THAT desperate for a left fielder.
If Benintendi struggles at the big league level, and Puig is looking like he's figured it out over in AAA for the Dodgers, why not go place a waiver claim on him?
Why would the Sox want him?
Well, if you remember correctly, the Red Sox have a recent history of developing really good outfielders; Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Nava, Josh Reddick, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts to name a few. So they obviously know how to develop an outfielder, why not try and whip Puig back into shape and become a superstar again?
Also, the 2 years left on Puig's deal could allow Benintendi to continue his development. Because remember, they almost ruined JBJ by bringing him up early.
Imagine the outfield with Puig in left, Bradley Jr. in center, and Betts in right. That's not fair to the competition.