Puig had two more homers on Sunday against the Indians, giving him four for spring training. He's hitting .375/.429/.844 in 32 at-bats so far this spring. The overall line is nice, but the nicer thing to see was that the two homers came against Corey Kluber and Brad Hand. His ADP continues to rise, as he went as high as 48th overall in last weekend's NFBC Main Event drafts.
Puig hit his first home run in Wednesday's spring training loss to the Brewers. He hit fifth in a lineup that included nearly every starter for the Reds, with the possible exception of Nick Senzel. Puig's homer was part of an eight-run attack by the Reds' starters, as they scored all of their runs in the first four innings. This is going to be a potent lineup if everyone stays healthy, and Puig could really benefit by batting in the middle of it all season in Great American Ballpark.
Puig and the Reds agreed to a one-year, $9.7 million contract on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Puig hit arbitration for the first and likely only time, as his original seven-year, $42 million contract signed with the Dodgers back in June of 2012 finished before he had accumulated enough service time to be a free agent. The outfielder hit 23 homers last season, the second-highest mark of his career, and will be looking to outdo that number this season after moving to a more hitter-friendly home park.
Puig was traded to the Reds along with Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer in exchange for Homer Bailey, Josiah Gray and Jeter Downs, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. There is some bad money in this deal (Kemp and Bailey), but Puig should be able to find everyday at-bats with the Reds. He hit .267/.327/.494 with 23 home runs and 15 steals in 444 plate appearances last year. This is the final year of Puig's contract, and he will get to take advantage of Great American Ball Park as he attempts to impress potential suitors for the 2020 offseason.
Puig is out of Wednesday's lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers. Enrique Hernandez will draw a start in right field as Puig retreats to the bench with southpaw Wade Miley pitching for Milwaukee. Across four games this postseason, Puig has gone 2-for-11 with a double and one walk.
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