Yasiel Puig has never been one to disappoint when it comes to entertainment value. Often spotted doing something silly from kissing his bat to epic bat flips and strange gestures on the field, the Cuban outfielder is one of baseball¹s most charismatic players. Let’s not forget the scary sight of Puig wearing a sleeveless baseball jersey just a few weeks ago. The long time LA Dodger was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in the offseason, and yesterday, was traded to the Cleveland Indians in a three team deal with the San Diego Padres that brought Trevor Bauer to the Reds.
Just minutes after the trade was announced on Twitter, Puig got involved in a major on field brawl between the Pirates and Reds. There is no love lost between those two teams. They were involved in a scrum back in April, one in which Puig was ejected and suspended. Another suspension is likely even as he drives the short distance across Ohio to Cleveland to join the Indians.
While Puig and Bauer were the headliners of this complex deal, there were many prospects and major league role players that are also on the move. Namely the Reds number one prospect, outfielder Taylor Trammell, will go to the Padres, while the Indians receive a lefty pitcher from the Reds as well as three prospects from the Padres. Can you follow that? Puig is leaving Cincy in the way only Yasiel Puig could, brawling for his teammates. If he is a scrappy for the Indians as he has been for the Reds, we may be witnessing an emerging Ohio legend