Mets Should Say `No’ To Puig

When I read the Forbes internet story that the Mets were considering a trade for Los Angeles’ Yasiel Puig, I couldn’t yell “NO’’ loud or fast enough. While the Mets are in desperate need of a bat, Puig isn’t the answer.

If anything, he raises more questions than he answers.

PUIG: No thanks. (Getty)

PUIG: No thanks. (Getty)

They already have an outfield headache with Yoenis Cespedes, so why would the add another one in Puig, who is now toiling in Triple-A for the Dodgers? The only splash Puig would make is to divert attention away from what we’re currently seeing.

The Dodgers are sure to want starting pitching, to which the Mets should walk away, unless the names are Jon Niese or Logan Verrett.

The thing about Puig is he’s valued more on potential than production. Even at his best, Puig’s best year was 2013 when he hit .319 with 19 homers, 42 RBI and a staggering 97 strikeouts in 382 at bats.

The following year, with 558 at-bats, he increased his RBI to 69, but hit fewer homers (16) and had a lot more strikeouts (124).

After a highlight reel rookie season, he’s regressed, and has become a problem with his partying – he posted party pictures while in the minors – attitude and lack of hustle. The Dodgers are so incensed when Puig posted party videos while he’s on the disabled list.

If you’re into the new-age numbers, his 5.4 WAR in 2014 is down to 0.8.

The Mets are trying to find playing time for Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares, who’s currently on the disabled list. They don’t need a non-productive malcontent in Puig. I might consider Puig for Cespedes straight up if for no other reason than to get out from under the latter’s huge salary ($50 million owed if he doesn’t opt out).

Puig is not a fit for the Mets. They don’t need this problem.

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7 thoughts on “Mets Should Say `No’ To Puig

  1. Cespedes is an ‘OF headache’?

    Where/how did you come to this conclusion?

    Agree with you on the Mets passing regarding Puig but it’s really a false narrative to lump Cespedes and Puig together as if they’re the same type of player. Cespedes is not remotely a ‘non productive malcontent’ and I think it’s irresponsible to even try and remotely link the two there.

    Cespedes for Puig straight up? Just…no.

    If you’re that worried about the Wilpons spending money on this team, perhaps you can do an article on this ownership and it’s inane mindset of trying to compete on the cheap and crossing their fingers that doing just barely enough season after season will somehow lead to a championship.

  2. Cespedes WAY more valuable than Puig. Yoenis will opt out after this season. He’s going to be the biggest bat available as FA in the off season so someone will pay him Puig you’re stuck with (or if you’re an optimist have team control over) through 2020. Straight up player for player? No question Yoenis. PS if the Mets are “stuck” with Cespedes I’m more than fine with it. He seems to fit for whatever reason.

    • Yo is way more valuable. Better hitter and all that
      But yo’s fundies are non existent. Lack of effort and all that. He hits and is good at that. The rest you are better off with a AA player