Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was claimed on revocable trade waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers in the final days before the Aug. 31 deadline. (Getty Images)
How close were the Dodgers to trading Yasiel Puig in August?
Maybe closer than it seemed at first.
According to a report on MLB.com, the Dodgers and Brewers discussed a trade that would have sent Puig to Milwaukee up until the final minute of the Aug. 31 deadline.
Yasiel Puig was claimed on revocable trade waivers by an unknown team Tuesday. (Getty Images)
According to a report earlier today on ESPN, the Dodgers will not trade Yasiel Puig to the team that claimed him off revocable trade waivers.
If the report is true, the team that was awarded its claim on Puig may have done so to block another team from acquiring him. That is often the case with August waiver claims.
Baseball’s rules this time of year are a bit quirky. There’s no technical “trade deadline” during the August waiver period. In fact, waiver revocable waiver claims can continue through the end of the regular season.
However, any player not in the Dodgers’ organization as of midnight tonight (Eastern Time) can’t be included on their postseason roster. The same goes for all 30 MLB teams. For teams contending for a postseason berth, that creates a somewhat artificial sense of urgency to complete a trade today.
So, the Dodgers might still wind up making a trade today, or tomorrow, or the next day. Just not a trade involving Puig, it seems.
Update (11:55 p.m. MT): The Dodgers didn’t trade anyone today, including Puig. Anyone not in the organization as of this moment cannot be included on their postseason roster.
Yasiel Puig was claimed on revocable trade waivers Tuesday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
DENVER >> Yasiel Puig might return to Major League Baseball with another organization before he plays his next game for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Puig was claimed on revocable trade waivers by a mystery team Tuesday, according to a report earlier today on the website TodaysKnuckleball.com (and confirmed in subsequent reports that the Marlins, Mariners and Braves did not claim him).
The Dodgers can try to work out a trade with the claiming team, though such trades are rare. It’s possible that a rival team with no interest in Puig claimed him, merely to block him from being traded to a team that was willing to offer the Dodgers something of value. This kind of gamesmanship is not rare in August.
In either case, Puig isn’t among the planned roster call-ups for Sept. 1, when teams can carry up to 40 players on their active roster. Manager Dave Roberts recently said that Austin Barnes and Louis Coleman (who is on the disabled list) would be the first men up, along with Casey Fien, who was activated from the disabled list Tuesday.
So what is the plan for Puig, who’s slashing .369/.414/.631 at Triple-A Oklahoma City?
Josh Fields appeared in 15 games out of the Houston Astros’ bullpen this season. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers acquired pitcher Josh Fields
from the Astros in exchange for minor league first baseman Yordan Alvarez.
New Dodgers pitcher Jesse Chavez went 7-15 for the Toronto Blue Jays as a starter in 2015, and 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA as a reliever in 2016. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers have acquired right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez
from the Toronto Blue Jays. Chavez, 32, has made 39 appearances out of the bullpen this season, going 1-2 with a 4.57 earned-run average.
The Dodgers are sending right-hander Mike Bolsinger to the Blue Jays. Toronto also sent cash considerations to the Dodgers. Chavez is owed $4 million this season, while Bolsinger was owed $515,000, close to the major league minimum.
Earlier Monday, the Dodgers acquired Rich Hill and Josh Reddick from the Oakland A’s for Frankie Montas, Jharel Cotton and Grant Holmes.
Chavez is an alumnus of Miller High School in Fontana and Riverside City College.