Report: Many Dodgers players still consider Puig an ‘annoyance’

Posted: 30/06/2017 in MLB, Sports
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Yasiel Puig‘s antics are apparently still rubbing his own clubhouse the wrong way.

Though Puig appears to have reinvented himself at the plate this season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, many of his teammates reportedly wouldn’t be disappointed if the 26-year-old was traded at some point, as they still view him as an “annoyance,” reports FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Despite those frustrations, the club isn’t willing to trade the slugger for anything less than full value, Rosenthal adds.

Puig’s on-field shenanigans have seen his name pop up in headlines in recent weeks for reasons unrelated to his offensive production. On June 14, the slugger was caught flipping off a heckling Cleveland Indians fans after hitting a home run at Progressive Field, earning himself a one-game suspension that he’s yet to serve. One week later, Puig drew the ire of the New York Mets when he admired his three-run homer before jawing with Wilmer Flores as he rounded first base.

Puig has reportedly irked his own teammates in the past, too. In 2015, Andy Van Slyke, the father of Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke, said on the radio that the team’s highest-paid player – which would have been Clayton Kershaw – had told team president Andrew Friedman to trade away Puig. Friedman, however, denied Kershaw had made the controversial request.

After a 2016 season in which Puig slashed .263/.323/.416 with 11 home runs and was sent to Triple-A – reportedly for his behavior – he seems to have turned it around in 2017. Though his .247/.329/.457 slash line is a marginal upgrade, his 14 home runs rank second on the Dodgers behind only rookie phenom Cody Bellinger.

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