IMO, the downside aspects of signing Puig are spending $ unnecessarily (if the move doesn't pan out at all), denying ABs to OF prospects and finishing a spot or two ahead of where we would be without Puig and drafting lower as a result. That's about it for me on the downside.
The positive aspects IMO far outweigh those negatives. Puig could catch fire and net a good amount in trade and he may stop the Os from putting someone in the OF who would appear to be completely overmatched (McKenna). Puig may find the low-key nature of Bmore to be a great environment for him to succeed. Puig is a legit major league bat who provides insurance in case Santander (or other) doesn't come back. Puig may be somewhat of a warning to guys like McKenna to pick it up or we can drop many of the OF wannabes on our 40 man.
I hope Puig is one plus an option. Teams may offer more in the offseason in trade and our OF situation is not going to improve dramatically between now and by the end of the shortened season.
Count me in on Puig esp if it is a one plus option or a two year deal.
Was Villar good?
Overall, he was very frustrating.He drove me nuts.
Who is good?
Puig is not a bad player, Though there have certainly been multiple comments about his attitude, but signing him will not give us a “trade chip” because anybody who wants him can sign him now, and he certainly isn’t going to get more valuable after 25 games with the Orioles.
It’s much better to give playing time to the guys who have a future, and let them develop, or to the guys who have no future, and give them a reward for their hard work.