The Orioles are off to a hot start and help could be on the way.
After Baltimore was reported to have “renewed interest” in free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig, manager Brandon Hyde was interviewed on 105.7 The Fan and asked whether he’d like to be Puig’s friend—a refence to the quip “Puig your friend” that the outfielder coined while playing in Los Angeles.
“Well I’ve seen Puig play a lot,” Hyde said. “We played the Dodgers a lot when I was with the Cubs and he’s a very talented player. There’s no doubt about it. He is an impact, there’s definitely a presence there in the box, he’s a great defender. So yeah I think that anybody that’s talented and can help out the club would be my friend for sure.”
On Saturday, the Orioles placed rookie centerfielder Austin Hays on the 10-Day Injured List with a non-displaced broken rib. Though Hays was struggling to the tune of a .203/.273/.246 slash line in 19 games, the Orioles could certainly use an upgrade in the outfield to pair with Anthony Santander.
Puig is a seven-year veteran who split last season between the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians after starting his career with the Dodgers. He’s a career .277 hitter who’s eclipsed 20 home runs each of the past three season.