UPDATE — Yasiel Puig has officially been optioned, according to Andy McCullough of The Los Angeles Times.
ORIGINAL — The Dodgers are expected to option Yasiel Puig on Tuesday and he is expected to report to the minor league affiliate on time, according to Andy McCullough of The Los Angeles Times.
Puig didn’t travel with the Mets on Monday as they departed for a three game series with the Rockies, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Los Angeles was reportedly open to trading Puig after acquiring Josh Reddick in advance of Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, but the Dodgers were unable to move him. Puig was linked to the White Sox in trade talks involving Chris Sale.
Puig, 25, was recently sidelined with a hamstring issue and is having a down season compared to his first two with the Dodgers when he hit a combined .305. Over 81 games, Puig is batting .260/.320/.386 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs.
Since Puig isn’t arbitration eligible until 2019 and won’t be a free agent until 2020, the Dodgers could try and move him to a club seeking outfield help as this month progresses. Teams can still make deals for players claimed on waivers in August.