Yasiel and Yaisel: Updates on Puig and Sierra

Ahh spring training. It’s exciting to see baseball around again, but it’s also a rude reminder that real baseball is still about six weeks away. Until then, updates from fake games and real practices will have to suffice.

This offseason was newsworthy for Yasiel Puig, but not for the usual reasons. There was that scuffle in a Miami bar that was completely blown out of proportion by the always credible TMZ, but everything else has been baseball related. Trade rumors swirled quite frequently and quickly during the offseason. Puig was all but traded to Cleveland in a deal for Carlos Carrasco, if you believe Twitter (which you shouldn’t). Andy Van Slyke went on a St. Louis radio station and made an ass out of himself with his comments, alluding to Clayton Kershaw demanding Puig be traded. Dave Roberts was hired and is giving Puig a “fresh start.” Then we get to Andrew Friedman’s comments about Puig’s weight. It seems Yasiel took those comments to heart, because he looks different now than he did at the end of last season.

(Thanks 0ptimus!)

Dayum. I hastagged that photo #SveltePuig, because that’s what he looks like in this photo from spring training. It’s a great sign and hopefully he’ll be able to be a 150-game player. The slimmed physique should help with any nagging lower body/hip issues.

The Dodgers on Sunday officially announced the signing of Cuban right-hander Yaisel Sierra to a 6-year, $30 million deal. Despite some subpar numbers in Cuba, the Dodgers are betting heavily on the pure stuff and ability Sierra possesses. Eric Stephen got some good intel from Josh Byrnes this morning.

Mmm, velo and movement. The Dodgers plan to develop him as a starting pitcher. Byrnes touched on what needs to happen for Sierra to remain a starter.

If Sierra can’t handle the rigors of starting, he could be a fine back-of-the-bullpen reliever. He’ll be in the next prospect list (20-11), which will be published this week.

Baseball is (kinda) happening.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.