The Los Angeles Dodgers signed 21-year old Cuban outfielder Yasel Puig to a record seven-year, $42 million contract last week, a move that demonstrated the team’s re-dedication to international players. The move was also the latest sign that the new ownership group is willing to spend money to make the Dodgers successful.
Two of the more disastrous effects on the Dodgers of the Frank McCourt era were a depleted minor league system and a failure to invest in international talent, once areas of strength. Puig’s signing is a clear indication that those days have passed.
He hasn’t played competitive baseball in about a year, but Los Angeles is in no rush to have the five-tool talent rushed to the majors, despite an anemic offense that has been shut out in five of its last 12 games.
Since Puig hasn’t played organized ball since the 2010-2011 season with his Cuban club Cienfuegos, he is somewhat of an unknown entity. Even still, here are five bold predictions for his career in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform.