Yasiel Puig is listed on the roster of Triple-A Oklahoma City’s website. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
With little ceremony, the Dodgers announced in a press release Tuesday that Yasiel Puig has been “sent to the minors.” Pitcher Josh Fields, who was on the roster of the Houston Astros’ Triple-A affiliate when he was acquired yesterday, and pitcher Ross Stripling have also been sent to the minors. As we reported earlier today, Stripling is expected to join the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City tomorrow.
Updates (3:46 p.m.):
Zaidi said Puig is expected to be sent to OKC and be there by this weekend.
Bud Norris threw 13 pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks before exiting with a lat injury Sunday. (Getty Images)
Technically, Yasiel Puig does not have to be sent to the minor leagues today.
Doing so would amount to the Dodgers’ front office keeping its word, and that counts for something. It’s also unclear why Puig would not have a seat on the Dodgers’ flight to Denver on Monday if only for him to be in the clubhouse today.
In any event, the Dodgers must make two changes to their 25-man roster. Outfielder Josh Reddick was on the A’s active roster when he was traded to the Dodgers on Monday, and pitcher Jesse Chavez was on the Blue Jays’ roster at the time of Monday’s trade too. Whose roster spots are those two likely to take?
No trades involved top prospects Julio Urias, Jose De Leon, Cody Bellinger or Alex Verdugo, all of whom drew interest from other teams. Yasiel Puig remains a Dodger too, even after the club told his representatives they would try to trade him — or option him to Triple-A today if they couldn’t.
Note that all MLB teams can use the rest of this month to trade players via the waiver process, too. Chase Utley was placed on waivers before he became a Dodger last August; Adrian Gonzalez became a Dodger after the Boston Red Sox placed him on waivers in August 2012. The grade is inherently incomplete, but let’s just focus on Monday for now.
Yasiel Puig went 3 for 5 with two doubles and two runs in his return to the Dodgers’ lineup Sunday. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
Yasiel Puig packed up his belongings after the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, along with the rest of his teammates. His “Make Baseball Fun Again” hat was hanging above his locker. (Yes, he still has a locker.)
Considering the abnormal volume of trade rumors surrounding Puig, the scene looked quite normal.
The non-waiver trade deadline is 1 p.m. Pacific Time Monday. Will Puig still be a Dodger when they play the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday?
“I could be in Colorado with Colorado,” Puig joked, “or I could be in Colorado with the Dodgers.”