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5 Reasons Why The Cleveland Indians Should Trade for Yasiel Puig

Over the weekend, Jon Morosi, of Fox Sports and MLB Network, reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians were “engaging in ongoing talks aimed at acquiring a starter (Carlos Carrasco or Danny Salazar.)”

Carrasco and Salazar have been great. They are young, top of the rotation guys, with team-friendly contracts. They are certainly a great duo to have at the number two and three spots in the starting five.

Morosi’s report did not specifically say what the Dodgers would be willing to part with, but outfielder Yasiel Puig has long been the subject of trade rumors for at least the past year. Some of his off-the-field antics and public behavior have given the Dodgers headaches, and he has not been as productive the last two seasons as he was in his breakout rookie season in 2013.

The latest altercation took place the night before Thanksgiving at a bar in Miami, in which Puig appeared to take part in a bar fight. Video surfaced of the fight last week, but Puig’s lawyer claims that he was misidentified and it was not him. Police did not see any reason to charge anyone. Nevertheless, it’s not a good look for the outfielder, given his well-documented history of off-the-field incidents.

However, I’m here to tell you why the Indians should make a move to get the right-handed hitter, despite all the baggage that comes with him…

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Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio. Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.

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