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SportDylan Hernandez: A big signing was expected after the Dodgers traded Yasiel Puig, so what are they waiting for?

20:06  06 january  2019
20:06  06 january  2019 Source:   latimes.com

Dodgers seek 'impact' right-handed hitter instead of Harper?

Dodgers seek 'impact' right-handed hitter instead of Harper? Los Angeles has been a speculative landing spot for left-handed slugger Bryce Harper this offseason, but the Dodgers are currently focused on improving their group of righty-swingers. After trading away right-handed regulars Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp on Friday, it’s “likely” the club will pick up “an impact right-handed bat,” Jon Morosi of MLB.com writes. To that end, the Dodgers are actively pursuing a trade for a right-handed catcher and/or second baseman, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets, while Morosi adds that they could land an outfielder.

And because they traded Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Cincinnati Reds, they can take on another outfielder. So where’s Bryce Harper? Because of their relative frugality last year, the Dodgers will be penalized as first-time offenders if their payroll for next season exceeds the luxury-tax threshold.

Yasiel Puig Valdés (/ˈjɑːsiɛl ˈpwiːɡ/ YAH-see-el PWEEG, Spanish: [ˈpwiɣ]; born December 7, 1990) is a Cuban professional baseball right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Dylan Hernandez: A big signing was expected after the Dodgers traded Yasiel Puig, so what are they waiting for?© Dustin Bradford/Getty Images Bryce Harper still hasn't signed a free-agent contract. Because of their relative frugality last year, the Dodgers will be penalized as first-time offenders if their payroll for next season exceeds the luxury-tax threshold. And because they traded Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Cincinnati Reds, they can take on another outfielder.

So where's Bryce Harper?

The Dodgers would be a better team with Harper in their lineup. They would be a more interesting team. They would have the star attraction this star-driven city demands.

So, again, where's Bryce Harper?

With five weeks or so left until the start of spring training, the former National League most valuable player remains a free agent. The free-agent market's other prize, Manny Machado, is also unsigned.

Puig reunites with Reds hitting coach, good friend Ward

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They were waiting for Yasiel Puig . As they bided their time, Rich, donning a classic blue “LA” T-shirt, was When Bravo met Puig in 2012 outside the Dodgers ’ spring training facility after Puig had made it On September 2, he returned to the big leagues. Upon arriving back in L.A., one of Puig ’s first

In return for those three, the Dodgers got two players who will be free agents after this season, so they should have a little extra motivation to play well Whatever the case, hopefully we will get some sort of explanation at some point. The Dodgers are expected to officially send him to the minors later today.

The reason is that the homogeneity of thought across front offices has created nearly an entire league of risk-averse teams that are reluctant to offer long-term contracts to even a couple of 26-year-old franchise cornerstones. The teams are counting on their fans to not notice the sport generates nearly $10 billion annually, almost three times as much as it did when Alex Rodriguez signed a then-record 10-year, $252-million contract with the Texas Rangers in 2000.

Whereas teams such as the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox have made public their interest in Harper, the Dodgers have remained secretive about their intentions. That has been their standard mode of operation in their four-plus years with Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations.

3 trades Dodgers should consider instead of signing Harper

3 trades Dodgers should consider instead of signing Harper The Los Angeles Dodgers were involved in a seven-player trade on Friday.

For the Dodgers , they jettisoned 6 fWAR from their 2018 pennant winning team for MM in dead money and a pair of prospects. Bailey, who signed a big extension before the 2014 season that just did not work out for the Reds, has struggled since returning from a long bout with arm injuries.

Dylan Hernandez Retweeted Kevin Baxter. This is what you want in a 2-team market. Obviously not. But whatever his faults, Puig was adored by a majority of the fans. L.A. Times SportsVerified account @latimessports. Dodgers send Yasiel Puig , Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to Cincinnati in

Only in this particular case, there shouldn't be any questions about whether the Dodgers are pursuing Harper. They absolutely should be.

Anything less would be an insult the fans who have made the Dodgers the major league leaders in home attendance in each of the last six years. The fans have tolerated escalating ticket prices. Many of them can't watch the team on television because of the broadcasting deal that guaranteed the franchise more than $8 billion. They accepted the team's plan to reduce payroll last year, even if it resulted in the lack of firepower necessary to compete against the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. And they have responded to the trade of their beloved Puig by taking a wait-and-see approach.

The Dodgers have rewarded their customers for their loyalty, first by taking on hundreds of millions of dollars in player salaries in the early stages of the Guggenheim Baseball Management's ownership, then by reaching the World Series in each of the last two years. But if the fans are continuing to do their part, it's crucial for the franchise to do so as well. A start would be to stop pretending the luxury-tax threshold is an impenetrable barrier that prevents the team from doing what it should. Anyways, didn't they stay under the limit last year so they could go over it this year?

What’s next for the Dodgers? Bryce Harper? J.T. Realmuto? A look at the possibilities

What’s next for the Dodgers? Bryce Harper? J.T. Realmuto? A look at the possibilities LOS ANGELES — Recently, a post appeared on Major League Baseball’s Instagram account featuring a photo of Bryce Harper and a question splashed across the bottom: Are the Los Angeles Dodgers the favorites for Bryce? It’s a possibility the baseball universe is pondering as the winter progresses without an obvious destination for the free-agent outfielder. Then Harper’s account “liked” the post and that universe exploded. Conjectures had already formulated after the Dodgers traded outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp as part of a seven-player deal with the Cincinnati Reds that signaled other moves were looming.

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig looks back at cheering fans before taking batting practice during spring training at Camelback Ranch on Feb. The prospect is tantalizing for the Dodgers , who could be transformed into a much better team. Then again, Puig has teased them like this before.

Dodgers floated Puig -for-Bradley trade , which tells us a lot. Case in point: According to major league sources, the Dodgers floated the possibility to the Red Sox of a swap that would send Jackie Bradley Jr. to Los Angeles while bringing Yasiel Puig to Boston.

The slow-moving markets for Harper and Machado are further evidence the teams are beating the players in the public relations arena. Teams have convinced their fans that players rarely live up to long-term contracts. Only this is a matter of perspective. The reality is that if star players were paid what they were really worth, they would earn considerably more on an annual basis. Contracts are lengthened as a means of deferring compensation.

Of course, that's not what the fans see. When they see a player in his mid- to late-30s being paid $25 million, they think he's stealing money, when in reality he probably should have already collected that $25 million on top of whatever he made as a 30-year-old at the height of his powers. So if the Dodgers are looking for a shorter deal, that's fine. But they should be prepared to pay accordingly.

The degree to which the Dodgers pursue Harper will say a lot about where they are headed as a franchise. At the moment, they have a worse team than they had last year. Not making a serious effort to acquire Harper or some other frontline player will be an indication they are ceasing to be what they were in recent years, a team that combines financial might with the insights cultivated by its analytics department. That would be shameful. Their fans have behaved like fans in a major market. The franchise has to behave like it's from one, too.

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