Must-Read Story: Yasiel Puig’s Coast Guard Journey

puig_2013-06-27_faceAs we wait for Carlos Marmol to get traded to the Dodgers — a move I believe will happen today — or Ricky Nolasco, or Chase Utley, or Matt Garza, or any of the eleven million rumors currently floating around, I’d highly recommend Jeff Passan’s story about Yasiel Puig‘s defection attempts to America and his bonding with the crew of a Coast Guard ship.

A sample:

Torres then searched for Puig and Cienfuegos, and up popped a picture of him in the green uniform. The face and body matched. Puig wasn’t just some kid with delusions of baseball grandeur. Long before he enamored Los Angeles, he was making fans in the open water. Torres printed the picture and brought it to the deck where the migrants were situated. He showed it to Puig and the older gentlemen.

“Their faces lit up,” Torres said.

Fully worth your time to read the entire thing.

439 comments
Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

the signing pool money calculation is ludicrous. 

moneynow27
moneynow27

Can the Marlins use Marmol????????  There's your flip for Nolasco....Done!

BIah
BIah

Why would the Cubs want Guerrier?

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Waiting to see on the one other thing I'd heard about this.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

So everyone that hated the Marmol trade, how do you feel now?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

HOORAY FOR CAP MONEY!!!!

Lobo
Lobo

Cubs just traded for more international spending money, getting two of the Astro's slots.  Why the Astros would trade them instead of, you know, USING THEM TO ACQUIRE TALENT, I don't understand

JackedNate
JackedNate

QUICK! What are Marmols stats in Coors field? 

The Monocle
The Monocle

Just a guess based on hints Mike dropped. Marmol gets DFA'd or flipped.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Marmolt

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Hah. No way.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@Scott Blahn Slyke Cubs save money on the deal. Guerrier leaves as a FA after this season. And they have lots of intl spending cash

The Monocle
The Monocle

Is it what I guessed below? I bet it is.

LurkingAtWork
LurkingAtWork

@EephusBlue I feel a lot better, my fear yesterday was directly tied to what we would give up.  I would have been ok with a straight swap but the inclusion of international pool money makes it already feel like a win for us

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@John M too bad there is nobody with that foresight and sense of responsibility around here. 

Lobo
Lobo

@Jobu (Ned, Get Me Olt!) Pretty much a straight up swap and we get about 200 grand in international money.  I'd call that a good deal.  I wonder what the missing part Mike referred to was

Jobu
Jobu

Maybe he knows who we are spending the extra $200K on?