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    Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig has reached agreement on a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources told ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com.

    "Puig's contract with the Dodgers should be completed by Friday. The young man could play in the major leagues this year, maybe in time to help with the race for the playoffs or the World Series," said the source, who added that the agreement includes some clauses that could permit Puig to become a free agent after his fourth year.

    The 21-year-old Puig batted .330 with 17 home runs, 47 RBIs and 78 runs scored in 327 at-bats with the Cienfuegos Elefantes in the 2010-11 Cuban National Series. He averaged .370 in 46 at-bats in the playoffs.



    Law: Dodgers Go Overboard
    The Dodgers overpaid to land Cuban defector Yasiel Puig, in what must be a bizarre overreaction to the looming international spending cap, Keith Law
    Last edited by Rich the Giants fan; 06-28-2012, 10:22 PM.
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    The Dodgers' seven-year, $42MM deal with Cuban prospect Yasel Puig has stunned many international scouting directors, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America. Puig's signing has caused a "huge disparity of opinion around the game," tweets ESPN's Buster Olney, who cites one scout that rated Puig as worth just a $500K contract.
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    • #3
      According to Jon Heyman, the offer he accepted from the Dodgers was not even the best offer he received. The Dodgers were not the only team willing to sign him for that kind of money.

      It's a gamble, but he appears to be a 5 tool beast in the making.

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      - Walt Whitman

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      • #4
        He hasn't played in about a year, and reports say he's currently not in playing shape.

        He also gave scouts the runaround in Mexico when he decided to go back-and-forth between two agents.

        Whole story on Baseball America.
        San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions in 2010, 2012, and 2014!!!

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        • #5
          It's not like Ned Colletti has ever handed out a bad contract before...
          My top 10 players:

          1. Babe Ruth
          2. Barry Bonds
          3. Ty Cobb
          4. Ted Williams
          5. Willie Mays
          6. Alex Rodriguez
          7. Hank Aaron
          8. Honus Wagner
          9. Lou Gehrig
          10. Mickey Mantle

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jnakamura View Post
            According to Jon Heyman, the offer he accepted from the Dodgers was not even the best offer he received. The Dodgers were not the only team willing to sign him for that kind of money.

            It's a gamble, but he appears to be a 5 tool beast in the making.
            Plus, he's only 21. Unlike Cespedes, who is already in his mid-20s.

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            • #7
              He can't be any worse than the current offense! Vin Scully seems to think it is a good move but it smacks of desperation to me.
              "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

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              • #8
                This thread isn't about the Dodgers, or even started by a Dodgers fan, but about the signing of a Cuban baseball player, with an eye towards a debate over whether or not Los Angeles overpaid by several million dollars or if they just signed the next big thing.
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                "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" ~ Albert Einstein

                "Royals wear crowns, but Champions Kiss the Ring" ~ Jeremy Affeldt

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Rich the Giants fan View Post
                  .... a debate over whether or not Los Angeles overpaid by several million dollars or if they just signed the next big thing.
                  Kind of hard to debate something that no one will have the answer to for at least 2 or 3 years down the road.
                  I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
                  - Walt Whitman

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                  • #10
                    excellent point but then that confirms it is a gamble, an expensive one at that

                    Originally posted by jnakamura View Post
                    Kind of hard to debate something that no one will have the answer to for at least 2 or 3 years down the road.
                    1. The more I learn, the more convinced I am that many players are over-rated due to inflated stats from offensive home parks (and eras)
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 9RoyHobbsRF View Post
                      excellent point but then that confirms it is a gamble, an expensive one at that
                      Not to nitpick, but under that logic, any free agency signing is a gamble. It doesn't matter if the player has major league experience.
                      46 wins to match last year's total

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jnakamura View Post
                        Kind of hard to debate something that no one will have the answer to for at least 2 or 3 years down the road.
                        I'm sorry, did no one discuss Cespedes when he signed? I think this is relevant.
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                        "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" ~ Albert Einstein

                        "Royals wear crowns, but Champions Kiss the Ring" ~ Jeremy Affeldt

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                        • #13
                          42 million for an unproven player by a desperate franchise trying to beat a deadline


                          Originally posted by SamtheBravesFan View Post
                          Not to nitpick, but under that logic, any free agency signing is a gamble. It doesn't matter if the player has major league experience.
                          1. The more I learn, the more convinced I am that many players are over-rated due to inflated stats from offensive home parks (and eras)
                          2. Strat-O-Matic Baseball Player, Collector and Hobbyist since 1969, visit my strat site: http://forums.delphiforums.com/GamersParadise
                          3. My table top gaming blog: http://cary333.blogspot.com/

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                          • #14
                            The writers at BA were puzzled mentioning many scouts were indifferent.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 9RoyHobbsRF View Post
                              excellent point but then that confirms it is a gamble, an expensive one at that
                              No denying that. I think it's a good bet to place if you're the Dodgers. Puig is not what I'd call a longshot. If the odds are good and you've got deep pockets, make the bet.

                              Heck, the Dodgers threw $21m down the toilet signing Juan Uribe.
                              I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
                              - Walt Whitman

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