You know, I think I like these new owners. BUT CAN HE PLAY FIRST BASE?
- Dodgers closing in on record deal with Cuban prospect Yasiel Puig (Dylan Hernandez, LA Times)
- Dodgers have deal with Yasiel Puig (Enrique Rojas, ESPNLA.com)
- Dodgers sign Cuban prospect Puig for $42 million (Danny Knobler, CBSSports.com)
- Breaking News - Dodgers bring a Puig to the Farm (Phil Gurnee, True Blue LA)
UPDATE: From "Deal with Cuban Yasiel Puig shows Dodgers are operating like a big-market franchise again" by Tim Brown at Yahoo! Sports:
After years of marginal involvement in the Latin American market, the Dodgers were aggressive in their pursuit of Puig. Assistant general manager Logan White spent several days in Mexico City, where he not only scouted Puig, but took him to dinner. In reviewing videos of Puig and watching his recent batting practice, the Dodgers see him as a player with five tools, all of which could translate in the major leagues.
The agent, Torres, said of Puig, "He's a very nice kid. Very friendly. Very smart. Great smile. He told me, 'I don't care about the money. I want to play.' "
To that end, Torres said, Puig chose the Dodgers in spite of at least one better offer.