The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Yasiel Puig on trade waivers today, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
If claimed (which is likely), the Dodgers will get the opportunity to work out a trade with the claiming team. This does not mean Puig will go to this team regardless, as these waivers are revocable, meaning the Dodgers can pull him back. If Puig goes unclaimed, the Dodgers can discuss trades with any team.
The 25-year-old Puig is currently at the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City after being demoted in early August.
Puig was demoted after the Dodgers acquired Josh Reddick at the trade deadline, leaving him as the odd man out. Los Angeles was unable to find a trade partner for him in July, though there reportedly was some interest.
A trade of Puig still remains much more likely in the offseason, when the Dodgers are able to discuss with all 30 teams rather than just the one they will deal with over the next few days.
Personality problems have been associated with Puig ever since he was signed out of Cuba to a seven-year, $42 million deal. The phenom immediately produced in Los Angeles over his first two seasons but has seen a steady decline in performance since.
In 17 games in Triple-A, Puig is hitting .375/.420/.641 with four home runs and 12 RBI over 69 plate appearances.
Puig posted a .706 OPS over 303 plate appearances with the big league club earlier this year. He was worth 0.5 wins above replacement, per FanGraphs.
Puig was at his best from 2013 to 2014, when he hit .305/.386/.502 with 35 home runs and 111 runs batted in over 1,072 plate appearances spanning 252 games. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2014.