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Yasiel Puig Could Be The Yankees Next Great Move

The Yankees shocked the baseball world on December 28, 2015. They traded for the game’s most elite closer, Aroldis Chapman from the Reds. Chapman had almost been traded to the Dodgers earlier, but the trade was stopped after Chapman had run into issues with domestic violence. The Yankees and Brian Cashman swooped in and grabbed Chapman for half the asking price. The Yankees traded away Eric Jagielo, Rookie Davis, Caleb Cotham, and Tony Renda in exchange for Chapman.

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Chapman would end up serving a thirty game suspension, and in his time with the Yankees seemed like he started to understand how baseball players are to conduct themselves. The season hadn’t gone exactly according to plans for the Yankees and with Chapman becoming a free agent next season they decided to part ways with him. On July 25th the Yankees traded Chapman to the Cubs. Not only did they get a lot of value, but they had earned much more minor league value then what they had given up. The Yankees received a packaged surrounded by the young phenom, Gleyber Torres. They also received Billy McKinney, Rashad Crawford, and lastly Adam Warren. The fascinating part about gaining back Adam Warren is that it basically gave the Yankees Starlin Castro for free as a part of the Chapman trade.

The Yankees have now completely rejuvenated their farm system through their trades at the deadline. The Yankees decided to go with a youth movement and they have been able to work themselves back into the wild card race. Now, with only a few days left to trade. The most intriguing name on waivers is Yasiel Puig.

Yasiel Puig at one time looked like a can’t miss baseball talent. His first season he barely played 100 games, but managed to slug .319 with 19 homers and 42 runs batted in along with a cannon for an arm. After two and a half seasons of controversy that included management questioning his injuries, to showing up late, and being a problem in the clubhouse in general the Dodgers demoted him to AAA this season. He was batting a meager .260 with just 7 homers and 34 runs batted in.

Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

He recently was put on waivers and he has in fact been claimed. The question is, is the team that claimed him, the New York Yankees? After the way that the Yankees managed to flip Chapman. Cashman may be looking to flip a player for better prospects once again. In AAA he has batted .377 with 5 homers and 14 runs batted in. He has made an attempt to make the best of his demotion. If the Yankees were to get a deal done for Puig they could definitely take a chance at flipping him for a much bigger package of prospects, or if he performs the Yankees could entertain the thought of holding onto him and trading some of their other outfield talent.

Either way the Yankees could definitely make the most out of this situation. He could possibly be the spark needed to make the playoffs this season, and still getting moved for more minor league talent like they did with Chapman. It should be interesting to see if the Yankees will take a chance on Puig.

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