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?
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Here’s what they were saying after the game:
Yasiel Puig has been playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City for all of two days since he was demoted by the Dodgers at last week’s trade deadline.
Already, Puig has explored the boundaries of “team bonding.”
A sequence of videos posted to Puig’s Snapchat account, and uploaded to Twitter by user @RothOfKhan, show Puig yelling obscenities, listening to loud music, and drinking beer with a sizeable contingent of Oklahoma City Dodgers teammates.
Here are all the videos. They come with a not-suitable-for-work, strong language warning: