Via Joel Sherman: The Yankees did not make a contract offer to Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig during his free agency last summer. Like many other teams, they simply hadn’t seen enough of him to go all-in. The Dodgers signed him to a seven-year, $42M contract after one workout.
Puig, 22, has gone 20-for-44 (252 wRC+) with four homers and several stellar defensive plays during his two weeks in the big leagues. The Dodgers reportedly outbid the next highest offer by as much as $30M. For what it’s worth, Sherman hears a pair of Yankees scouts filed reports calling Puig an “impact player” soon after seeing him in the minors late last year. New York has become very conservative when it comes to Major League caliber international free agents, but Los Angeles did blow everyone out of the water. This wasn’t exactly a Jose Contreras-esque photo finish.